ERIC Number: ED266229
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Problems with the Administration's Voucher Proposal for Chapter 1. Prepared for the Subcommittee on Elementary, Secondary, and Vocational Education of the Committee on Education and Labor. Committee Print.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and Labor.
This report analyzes problems in a proposal, submitted by Secretary of Education William J. Bennett, for Federal legislation to convert the Existing Chapter 1 program of the Education Consolidation and Improvement Act, which provides remedial educational services to disadvantaged students, into a tuition voucher program. The report, which is organized in outline form, makes 8 major points: (1) The voucher bill is objectionable on philosophical grounds. (2) Poor parents would not really have the choice of schools the voucher advocates claim. (3) The voucher bill would negatively affect Chapter 1, a program that is currently working well. (4) The bill would irresponsibly offer public funds without demanding public accountability; (5) The voucher program will be an administrative nightmare. (6) The bill could have a negative effect on civil rights and desegregation. (7) The bill raises serious constitutional problems, such as the separation of church and state and the tuition tax credit issue. (8) The voucher would be a $3.2 billion experiment based on inadequate and inconclusive evidence. (KH)
Descriptors: Compensatory Education, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Equity (Finance), Educational Finance, Educational Legislation, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Private Education, Public Education, School Choice, State Church Separation
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and Labor.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education Consolidation Improvement Act Chapter 1