ERIC Number: ED434961
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Students for Sale: The Use of Public Money for Private Schooling. A Policy Brief.
Cortez, Albert; Supik, Josie; Romero, Anna Alicia; Goodman, Christie L.
In 1997, conservative Texas lawmakers introduced a measure for a state-funded voucher program, which was to be limited to low-income students in the state's lowest performing schools. The real objective of the proposal was to set state precedents for state subsidies for private schools. This proposal never made it out of committee in the Texas Senate, but supporters promised to try again in 1999. This policy brief explores the use of vouchers and their effects. State courts have been inconsistent in rulings regarding the constitutionality of using public funds for private schools, which are not accountable to the public for their actions or results. In addition, diverting money for private schools takes money away from communities, resulting in higher taxes. Vouchers do not give parents a choice as much as they give private schools a choice about whom to accept. There is no extensive empirical evidence to support claims that vouchers, by creating competition, improve the quality of local public schools. In Texas, the private schools do not have the capacity to absorb large numbers of students. Vouchers give a new government subsidy to private schools and wealthy parents with children already in private schools. The Intercultural Development Research Association recommends that public monies be used solely for the support of public schools, and that all students should have access to community-based, equitably-funded, high-quality public schools. Schools that receive state tax monies should be subject to the admissions and reporting requirements applicable to public schools. (Contains 1 table, 3 graphs, and 50 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, Private School Aid, Private Schools, School Choice, State Aid, State Legislation, Urban Schools
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Intercultural Development Research Association, San Antonio, TX.
Identifiers - Location: Texas