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Supreme Court Should Uphold School Vouchers

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Monday, October 1, 2001

Supreme Court Should Uphold School Vouchers

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments about the constitutionality of school vouchers. The case involves a voucher program in Cleveland. Lower courts have come down on different sides of the issue.

Right now, taxpayers provide $2,250 vouchers for children who wish to attend private schools. Parents are required to pay or work off an additional $250 to the school. Compare this to the $10,000 it costs to send children to the Cleveland government schools.

A recent survey discovered that children in Cleveland private schools do slightly better than their government school peers. The difference was described as "statistically significant."

One thing we know and it is that the students attending Christian schools are getting a moral and spiritual education, along with the academics. That's what peeves the ACLU and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. These groups are pro-choice on abortion, but anti-choice when it comes to education.

I hope the Supreme Court upholds vouchers, but whether it does or not, I recommend placing our children in a Christian or home school environment.