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Private school choice or voucher programs allow parents to put tax dollars toward a private education - for example - in the form of a subsidy to chosen school The dollar value of voucher is usually equal to but may be less than the stage average per pupil expenditure and may cover the partial or full cost of a private school tuition The following is a review of the types of voucher programs that have been proposed the status of existing programs arguments for and against private school vouchers and research findings What types of voucher programs have been proposed Voucher proposal vary in design Some limit the number of students or specify a category of students eligible for vouchers eg students from low-income families while others may have no restrictions Most voucher programs require the schools receiving vouchers to participate in state testing programs comply with civil rights laws and hire teachers who met state certification requirements A growing number of proposals would allow religious schools to receive vouchers Moran 2 Foudations corporations and individuals have sponsored private school vouchers for low-income public school students for years Many of these privately funded scholarships programs allow students to attend private religious schools and have recently been seen as an alternative to publicly-funded vouchers What is the status of vouchers Milwaukee has the countrys only operating voucher program But recently voters in Ohio passed a voucher initiative and in Washington DC Congress is debating whether or not to implement a voucher experiment in the coming year One controversial issue is whether religious schools should be included in voucher plans Ohio does include them but when Milwaukee moved in that direction Wisconsin State Supreme Court Issued an injunction to temporarily halt the use of state money for vouchers to religious schools until the courts final decision In the meantime private foundations and organizations are raising money to help
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