ERIC Number: ED103544
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Educational Vouchers: Panacea or Pandora's Box? Prepared for the New Jersey Education Reform Project.
This discussion about voucher education is based largely upon the model developed by Christopher Jencks and his associates. Its major features include: equal tuition grants to all children; compensatory grants to the disadvantaged child; tuition maximum equal to the voucher value in all eligible schools; no parental supplementation of vouchers permitted; and, seats apportioned 50 percent by nondiscriminatory standard, 50 percent by lottery of their applicants. The advantages of voucher education are found to include the following: Halting the present situation in which only the rich and those with support from religious institutions can escape public schools, and in which economic class separation is made easy. Increasing economic and political power of individuals over their children's education. Making possible not only geographically decentralized schools, but school communities based on many other shared values. Providing effective means for preventing racial and economic discrimination and for insuring the presence of adequate resources for all school children. Four other advantages are given. The disadvantages of voucher education are found to include the following: Voucher education could not prevent the emergence of voluntarily segregated schools. Voucher education violates the constitutional separation of religion and education. Four other disadvantages are given. (JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Greater Newark Urban Coalition, NJ.