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The Voucher System Tax-funded vouchers are prospective statewide systems that are highly disputed among politicians and anyone with school-aged children The main idea of the voucher system is that parents or guardians choose the school that they want their children to attend with hopes that good schools will thrive and bad schools will either improve or lose so many students that they will be forced to close down Keeping this definition in mind politicians initiated tax-funded voucher programs in Milwaukee and Cleveland to force public schools to shape up or ship out A few studies have been released on the progress of the voucher system in these cities These studies are being used as future references toward a nationwide for political purposes or statewide for family purposes voucher system In 1990 the city of Milwaukee allowed 1500 low-income families to receive almost 5000 per student to attend a private school for one year The demand for school choice was so great that later in 1995 Milwaukee allowed 15000 students to attend their choice of either private or church-related school and still be given approximately the same amount of money per year One study of the Milwaukee voucher system suggested that over 4300 children were given half the money needed to attend a private school during 1995 only 2000 of these students came from low-income families the remaining 2300 students didnt need the financial assistance but took it anyway Similar studies have been performed in Cleveland with comparable results People who agree with having the option to send their children to whatever school they choose are not taking many different things into consideration For instance researchers say that there is a possibility of students being sorted according to their family income race and religion which drastically cuts down the diversity among American students Second it is likely that there would be an overcrowding of private schools leaving some good public school teachers unemployed and
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