ERIC Number: ED040265
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Education Vouchers: Financing Education by Grants to Parents. A Preliminary Report.
Center for the Study of Public Policy, Cambridge, MA.
Education vouchers are a means of providing money directly to parents enabling them to pay for their children's education at the school of their choice, public or private. Three important ground rules are part of the present proposal: (1) no school should be able to charge parents tuition in addition to the voucher amount, thus preventing discrimination against the poor; (2) all students would be given an unbiased chance for admission to schools of their choice; and, (3) all participating schools should provide parents with enough information to enable the latter to make an informed choice among schools for their children. Schools that enroll poor children should receive an extra incentive in the form of extra money. Racial discrimination would be forbidden. Parochial schools could participate without violation of the United States Constitution because parents and not the government would choose where to spend the voucher funds; or, voucher funds could be limited to secular education expenses. The Office of Economic Opportunity is considering funding a five year demonstration project of education vouchers in some urban area. Exact details of a plan for local implementation must be worked out at the local level and with the Office of Economic Opportunity. (JM)
Descriptors: Admission (School), College Applicants, Competitive Selection, Educational Administration, Educational Economics, Educational Finance, Financial Policy, Government Role, Incentive Grants, Parent Responsibility, Parochial Schools, Private Schools, Proprietary Schools, Public Schools, Tuition Grants
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC. Office of Program Development.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Public Policy, Cambridge, MA.