School Vouchers (6)
News on school choice and school vouchers
04/20/12 ... The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed an amicus (friend-of-the-court) brief with the Colorado Court of Appeals, challenging the legality of the Blaine Amendment, which was used to strike down the voucher program. Blaine Amendments, originally anti-Catholic in intent, bar sectarian schools from receiving scholarship money.
04/25/12 ... The Alliance Defense Fund just filed an amicus brief with the Colorado Court of Appeals defending the Douglas County voucher program, which was struck down by the trial court last year. The issue is whether parents can redeem vouchers at private religious schools as well as secular ones.
04/11/12 ... Article analyzes pros and cons of school vouchers and current situation in a number of states.
03/28/12 ... School vouchers that allow funds to be diverted to private schools were ruled unconstitutional by a district court judge in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Florida has raised the cap on the state school voucher system, funded by tax credits to corporations.
03/16/12 ... The Indiana Supreme Court will hear an appeal of a decision that the Indiana voucher bill is constitutional. The Indiana State Teachers Association challenged the bill because vouchers may be used for private schools that are religious.
03/12/12 ... The Wisconsin Assembly is set to vote on a bill that would pay up to $13,506 private or public school tuition for students with special needs. Public school administrators are not happy, arguing that too much money will be siphoned out of school funds, with no guarantee of an adequate individual education plan for special needs students. Ohio already has a similar plan.
02/17/12 ... The Virginia Senate narrowly voted to give tax credits to individuals and businesses donating to nonprofit organizations supplying scholarships to elementary and secondary school students for private education. Democrats objected that the measure would hurt public schools by reducing funds available.