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Promise or Propaganda: Tuition Vouchers Headed to U.S. Supreme Court
Last Featured: 2/4/2002

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Overview

Concern over deteriorating urban school districts throughout the nation has rekindled an education reform debate that increasingly includes school vouchers. Cleveland was one of the earliest cities to enact a plan to offer tuition vouchers to parents of school age children to use at the private or parochial school of their choice. It was also one of the earliest to face a lawsuit. Supporters say vouchers are the only chance some children have of gaining a quality education. Opponents argue that in aiding the few with vouchers, school districts give up on the many students left behind. They further argue publicly funded vouchers cannot, constitutionally, be used to pay for religious education. Do vouchers programs provide opportunity to children trapped in failing schools or do they break the promise of quality public education for all? The US Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of Cleveland`s voucher program this term.


Guests
Barry Lynn , a lawyer and ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, is currently the Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. He was legislative counsel for the Washington office of the American Civil Liberties Union and the legislative counsel for the United Church of Christ's Office of Church in Society in Washington. An accomplished speaker and frequent lecturer, Lynn was a regular co-host of “Pat Buchanan and Company” and is the co-author of The Right to Religious Liberty: The Basic ACLU Guide to Religious Rights.

Clint Bolick is the Vice President and Director of Litigation at the Institute for Justice, a conservative public interest law firm that defends school choice programs and challenges the regulatory welfare state. He won a successful ruling in Jackson v. Benson in the Wisconsin Supreme Court, upholding the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program and prevailed in Kotterman v. Killian in the Arizona Supreme court, defending a state income tax credit for contributions to private scholarship funds. A graduate of the University of California at Davis Law School, Bolick is the author of Transformation: The Promise and Politics of Empowerment published in August 1998 by the Institute for Contemporary Studies.

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"If there's a single message passed down from each generation of American parents to their children, it is a two-word line: Better Yourself. And if there's a temple of self-betterment in each town, it is the local school. We have worshipped there for some time."

— Boston Globe columnist, Ellen Goodman

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Speakout.com: School Vouchers
American communications Association, Freedom of Religion Resources
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Religious Freedom Home Page
National Parent Teacher Association, The Constitutional Implications of vouchers, January, 1999
Bolick, Are School Vouchers Constitutional? National Center for Policy Analysis
Berkowitz, Think Twice About Vouchers, Anti-Defamation League, June 1998
The Great School Debate : Choice, Vouchers, and Charters
by by Thomas L. Good, Jennifer S. Braden
The Market Approach to Education
by John F., Jr. Witte
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