Whenever school vouchers are written about, two issues surface. First, to quote Cecil Bohanon’s article, charter schools are “public schools freed from many state mandates and regulations.” If the removal of these mandates and regulations is so beneficial, why don’t we remove them from all schools? We could then compare results on an equal footing.
The second has to do with the constitutionality of vouchers. Unfortunately, most charter schools are religious schools, and that means tax dollars for vouchers are fostering those religious schools and the promulgation of their religion. This would be no problem if all religions had charter schools. But there aren’t many Hindu schools, Buddhist schools, Quaker schools or atheist schools. As long as we can’t treat different religions the same, we shouldn’t treat any of them at all.
W. Brian Harris