ERIC Number: EJ759564
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep-28
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Relief Plans Spurring Debate over Vouchers
Robelen, Erik W.
Education Week, v25 n5 p1, 18 Sep 2005
Washington is a safe distance from the powerful winds that have wreaked havoc on the Gulf Coast, but a political storm continued to brew in the capital over President Bush's plan to help pay the costs of private school tuition for students displaced by Hurricane Katrina. As voucher opponents decried the president's plan, Louisiana's two U.S. senators stepped forward with an alternative proposal that would sidestep the voucher issue by providing direct aid to both public and private schools, religious or secular. The wide-ranging Katrina-relief package would provide $4,000 to public and private schools for each displaced student they take in, as well as other educational aid. Meanwhile, some longtime voucher opponents, including leading Democrats and major education groups, have attacked Mr. Bush's proposal to create a one-year program that would underwrite up to $7,500 of a family's per-child tuition costs at a secular or religious private school. Paul D. Houston, the executive director of the American Association of School Administrators, argues that the focus right now should be on helping public schools. It is those schools, he said, that are taking in most of the student evacuees, including some who had attended private schools. He suggested that the Bush plan would not provide nearly enough aid for public schools.
Descriptors: Public Schools, Private Schools, Educational Vouchers, Federal Aid, Financial Support, Charter Schools, Emergency Programs, School Support, Politics of Education
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Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Louisiana