FOR PRIVATE RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS
Quotations showing diversity of opinion toward school vouchers:
"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,
"[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.
"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.
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.