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School Vouchers are One of the Ways Privatization Is Undermining Our Society

on January 16, 2022

The whole “treat schools like businesses” thing drives me nuts. Schools aren’t pizza parlors. If a pizza parlor fails, it may make your Uncle Luigi and a few other customers unhappy. If a school fails, the whole neighborhood suffers, and so does society in general.

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Private school tuition vouchers are a big deal in Ohio right now. 100 school districts filed a lawsuit last week arguing that the rapidly growing statewide EdChoice Voucher Program is unconstitutional because it diverts tax dollars from the public schools which desperately need the money for educating the state’s 1.8 million public school students and because the voucher program has accelerated racial segregation.

The expansion of school vouchers always loomed as former U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos’s primary cause. Congress managed to avoid passing her proposed federal $5 billion tuition tax credit Education Freedom Scholarship voucher program despite that every year for four years she tried to insert this program into the federal education budget. But today many of the state legislatures are growing voucher programs or starting new voucher initiatives.

Here in Ohio, a professor of the philosophy of education at the University of Cincinnati, Sarah Stitzlein explained

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