Should parents be allowed to use vouchers to help send their kids to parochial or private school?
Some states allow vouchers, which are like coupons to give parents a discount on private or parochial schools. The discount is funded by the states and equal to all or part of the funds that would have gone to a public school to educate their child. Proponents of vouchers see this as allowing parents to spend their tax dollars in anyway they want. Some also see the "competition" as a good thing, which could drive more innovation and higher outcomes. Some also feel vouchers will give more choices to kids in failing school systems. Those opposed to vouchers see them as draining valuable funds from already struggling public schools and they also question that they improve educational outcomes. Some also question the separation of church and state when public funds are used for religious schools.