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GOVERNMENT-FUNDED VOUCHERS
FOR PRIVATE RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS

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Quotations showing diversity of opinion toward school vouchers:

bullet "Satan has established certain strongholds...He has gone after education and has been very successful in capturing it...Abolish the public schools. You know they're just getting so bad. We need private schools. We need choice." Pat Robertson, Chairperson, Christian Coalition.
bullet "[P]arents from all walks of life are hungry for a better education for their children... I know there's a huge debate raging, but we must not trap students in low-performing schools. It is time to see if it works: Let's try a pilot voucher program." George W. Bush, as Governor of Texas during the year 2000 presidential campaign.
bullet "Diverting tax dollars from public schools to support tuition for some children at private schools would drain the funds we need [for] an ambitious program of...reform that would allow us to have world-class schools in the 21st century." Al Gore, Vice President of the U.S. during the year 2000 presidential campaign.

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Overview:

Some Christians, mainly Roman Catholics and conservative Protestants, have strongly supported the transfer of government revenue to religious schools -- a violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. One possible way to avoid this conflict might be for governments to give "school vouchers" to parents to be used to pay for private school fees. Several voucher plans have been suggested.

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Topics covered in this section:

bullet Introduction
 
bullet Current status; public opinion polls
 
bullet Recent developments -- mid 2000-JUL to now:

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Copyright 2000 to 2006 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2000-MAR-15
Latest update: 2006-DEC-13
Author: B.A. Robinson

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