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Private School Vouchers Don’t Work: Support Public Schools

January 24, 2014

From AU’s Press Release:

The National Coalition for Public Education (NCPE) says it’s unfortunate that “National School Choice Week,” which takes place Jan. 26-Feb.1, so heavily promotes private school vouchers as a positive choice for America’s students.

Vouchers don’t provide equal access to high quality education or set high standards and accountability. Instead, study after study has found they are ineffective, lack accountability to taxpayers and strip students of rights otherwise provided in public school.

While public school choice options are also highlighted during this week, pro-voucher proponents use this week to bash traditional public schools and promote unconstitutional funding schemes that undermine these schools’ ability to effectively educate every student they must serve.

“Parents and students have no real choice under these plans,” said Maggie Garrett, legislative director at Americans United for Separation of Church and State and co-chair of NCPE. “The choice of whether to admit a child rests wholly with private schools and the people who operate them.”

Read the rest of the press release here.

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