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Oppose New Efforts to Enact Nationwide Private School Vouchers



Background

Two voucher bills have been introduced that would privatize the majority of funds for public schools. The Scholarships for Kids Act (S. 1968/H.R. 4000) would turn 63% of federal education funding into private school vouchers by obliterating Title I funding, which supports struggling and low-income school districts. Federal support for education would be sent to private schools instead of public school districts that serve all children.

The Creating Hope and Opportunity for Individuals and Communities through Education Act (S. 1909) or the “CHOICE Act” would redirect Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) funds to private school vouchers, create vouchers for students from military families, and expand the D.C. voucher program. These two bills together would turn a significant amount of federal education funds into vouchers.

Vouchers, which divert public, taxpayer money to private schools, including parochial schools, are bad public policy. Instead, we should be supporting public school with public funds. Further, vouchers threaten our nation’s commitment to the separation of church and state and religious liberty by allowing taxpayer dollars to fund students’ education at private, religious schools.



Jewish Values

The Reform Jewish Movement has long opposed any attempts to funnel public funding to private and parochial schools through vouchers.  As Rabbi Eric Yoffie, former President of the Union for Reform Judaism has said, “the public schools take the poor and the handicapped, the abused and the foster children, the Christian and the Muslim, the Roman Catholic and the Jew. They do more of God’s work in a day than most institutions do in a lifetime. If our public schools are broken, then let’s fix them, but let’s not destroy them in the name of a highfalutin principle that is often nothing more than naked self-interest dressed up as caring.”

Take Action

Urge your senators and representative to oppose these harmful bills and ensure that all students have access to quality public education.

To reach your Members of Congress, call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Sarah Greenberg at 202-387-2800.




For more information about the Reform Movement and vouchers, 
click here.

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