ERIC Number: ED250774
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Robin Hood Goes to School: The Case for a Federal Voucher Program.
Uzzell, Lawrence A.
An education voucher system would be more egalitarian than the existing tax code and would force the educational establishment to pursue needed reforms. The current property tax deduction system favors the rich, but the voucher system would offer the same relief to every taxpayer regardless of income and even would provide assistance to poor, nontaxpaying families. The money for this program can come from transforming Chapter 1 of the Education Consolidation and Improvement Act into a voucher system, continuing the program's focus, but making it consumer-oriented rather than provider-oriented. This is essentially what the Equal Educational Opportunity Act would do. Those who argue against changes in Chapter 1 say it is a successful program, but there is no strong evidence in the form of increased student achievement. They suggest lower-income parents are not able to make the best education decisions on their own; such parents, however, are educationally perceptive. Opponents fear increases in racial segregation, yet the average private school is considerably better integrated than the average public school. The issue of principle is this: whose child is it? If the answer is "the parents," the burden of proof is on those who would limit, regulate, or deny parental choice. If the answer is "the state," then the burden of proof falls onto the parental mavericks who seek "exemption" from the universal presumption that government is the superior educator. Recent history has shown that as parental choice has been replaced by centralized educational decision-making, academic performance has declined. (DCS)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Discrimination, Educational Finance, Educational Improvement, Educational Opportunities, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Federal Legislation, Government Role, Low Income, Parent Rights, Parents, Private Education, Public Education, Racial Integration, School Choice
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Education Consolidation and Improvement Act 1981; Proposed Legislation
Note: In: Marshner, Connaught, Ed. A Blueprint for Education Reform. p167-189. For the complete document, see EA 017 236.