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Duke professor: Vouchers would go to unaccountable religious schools

School-vouchers [1]In case you missed it over the weekend, be sure to check out Professor Jane Wettach’s excellent essay [2] in Saturday’s edition of Raleigh’s News & Observer in which she exposes the enormous practical and constitutional problems with the school voucher scheme passed into law by conservative politicians last summer. The essay comes, of course,  in the aftermath of Friday’s very welcome court ruling [3] that enjoined the implementation of the new law. Among other things, Wettach cites several damning statistics from a new report by the Children’s Law Clinic at Duke University Law School [4] including:

As Wettach notes further:

“Providing a free public education to the children of this state undoubtedly meets the “public purpose” requirement of our constitution. But providing a taxpayer-funded subsidy to a group of children whose parents would prefer to send them to religious school does not. While parents are, and should be, free to send their children to the school of their choice, the public purpose requirement of our constitution does not allow the taxpayers to pay for that choice.”

Read the entire op-ed by clicking here [2].