ERIC Number: ED476299
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
What Does the Supreme Court Ruling on Vouchers Mean for School Superintendents?
Belfield, Clive R.; Levin, Henry M.
In 2002 the U.S. Supreme Court approved educational vouchers, a method of public funding for education by providing parents with a certificate that can be used for paying tuition at a public or private school eligible to redeem vouchers. Interpretations of the decision were many and often caused confusion as proponents and opponents to vouchers offered opinions. The purpose of this paper is to provide a more balanced picture of the ramifications of the Supreme Court ruling. The paper begins with background information, including an explanation of the Cleveland Scholarship and Tutoring program, which the Court examined through the lens of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The paper continues with suggestions to public-school superintendents on what to do in light of the ruling and states that: (1) educational voucher programs are unlikely to proliferate; (2) voucher reforms do not show evidence that they are a silver bullet for raising school performance; and (3) vouchers may leave those at the bottom worse off. The paper continues with suggestions on where and how superintendents can place their concerns. It concludes with opinions by the authors. (Contains 49 references.) (WFA)
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Government School Relationship, Politics of Education, Private Education, Private School Aid, Private Schools, Public Schools, Superintendents
Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, New York, NY 10027-6696. Web site: http://www.ncspe.org. American Association of School Administrators, 1801 North Moore Street, Arlington, VA 22209-1813. Web site: http://www.aasa.org.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Administrators
Authoring Institution: American Association of School Administrators, Arlington, VA.; Columbia Univ., New York, NY. National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Establishment Clause; First Amendment