ERIC Number: EJ848660
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 23
The U.S. Supreme Court and the Politics of Vouchers
Fife, Brian L.
International Journal of Educational Reform, v13 n1 p74-83 Win 2004
On June 27, 2002, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in "Zelman v. Simmons-Harris" was promulgated by the justices. The case involved the constitutionality of Ohio's Pilot Project Scholarship Program, which provides tuition aid for certain students in the Cleveland City School District to attend participating public or private (religious and nonreligious) schools of their parents' choosing. The program also allows for tutorial aid for students who choose to remain enrolled in public schools. A divided Court (five to four) upheld the constitutionality of the program, and the decision was hailed by conservative groups in favor of vouchers as a positive measure toward education reform, particularly in urban America. Those advocates of the common school movement ideology, however, interpreted the decision outcome quite differently. This article takes a close look at the debate raised by "Zelman v. Simmons-Harris" case.
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Pilot Projects, Educational Change, Scholarships, Educational Vouchers, Tuition, Politics of Education, Court Litigation, Student Financial Aid, Urban Areas, Public Schools, Private Schools, School Choice, Tutoring
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio