Public money should go to public schools.

Public schools are open to all students regardless of race, religion or ability. They are a unifying force in our society. But private school vouchers funnel desperately needed public resources away from our public schools to fund the education of a few students at private and religious schools.

Americans United opposes private school vouchers because they primarily fund religious education with public money. Each of us should get to decide how – and whether – to support religion.

Private school vouchers have other flaws, including that they allow private schools to take public funds but reject students with vouchers for any number of reasons, including students who have disabilities, are LGBTQ or belong to the “wrong” religion.