The massive success of voucher program expansion by intrepid legislators this past year in Indiana, Wisconsin, and Ohio has commentators in nearby states begging their own legislators to share the love.
This recent report from the Allegheny Institute in Pennsylvania responds to criticisms of voucher programs, such as that they send money to religious schools and take money from local public schools. The report documents how the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled voucher programs constitutional, how states save money, and parents and kids benefit from better education options.
The Michigan-based Mackinac Center’s Michael Van Beek has been out and about touting these same voucher benefits for his state. Since vouchers improve all schools, including local public schools, he argues, and dramatically increase freedom of choice and competition, legislators should man up and use some political capital to push for a referendum to amend the state constitution, which prohibits vouchers.
As these think tankers note, school choice has been gaining momentum in the past year. It’s up to newly energized lawmakers and their constituents to continue converting that momentum into solid, sustainable freedom of choice in American education.
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