School choice vouchers, a program that allows parents to use taxpayer money to fund their child’s education at a private school, has been an issue at the forefront of education policy since its inception in 1998. The appointment of Betsy DeVos as United States Secretary of Education, an avid supporter of school choice vouchers, has increased the attention on the controversial program.
Opponents of school choice vouchers highlight the negative effects vouchers can have on traditional public schools. It is also argued that vouchers erode the separation of church and state, when families use government funds to pay for religious schools.
Supporters of vouchers argue that as tax payers, parents should have the ability to utilize the money that would be used on their child in the public school to attend a private school. Many in this camp also believe that school choice vouchers encourage the development of a marketplace of schools with a wide variety of options for parents and children to choose from.
So, what do you think? Should families have the option to receive a School Choice Voucher?