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Misleading Minorities: Voucher Advocates Hope To Win African American and Latino Support With ‘School Choice’

It’s National School Choice Week, and voucher advocates continue to push their ideological agenda at the highest levels of government. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today proposed sweeping legislation that would direct $24 billion in public funds to block grants for state voucher programs. Families living under the poverty line would receive an average of $2,100 per eligible child to apply toward tuition at any accredited school.
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Missed Opportunity: North Carolina’s Voucher Program Likely To Fund Homeschools

Supporters of North Carolina’s new voucher program say its “Opportunity Scholarships” are intended to benefit the state’s most disadvantaged students. This is common rhetoric from school choice advocates, who base their arguments on the assumption that private schools always offer students a better education.
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Equal Education: N.C. Christian School Rejects Vouchers After Discrimination Fight

A North Carolina private school will refuse voucher money after a public outcry over its anti-gay policies. Myrtle Grove Christian School had been approved to receive funds through the state’s new “Opportunity Scholarship” program, but under its ‘Biblical morality policy,’ it refuses admission to LGBT students and even the straight children of LGBT parents.

Critics called it state-funded discrimination.
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False Choice: Wisc. Private Schools Are Happy To Take Tax Money But Don’t Want Certain Students

Supporters of school voucher schemes love to throw around the world “choice.”

“You’ll get to send your child to the school of your choice!” they blare. To a lot of people, it sounds good. After all, everyone likes having choices, right?

Unfortunately, all of the rhetoric in the world doesn’t do you any good when it comes to vouchers because you don’t really have the choice. The private school does. Many of those schools will simply choose not to admit your child.

Some parents in Wisconsin are learning that the hard way. Read more

Bobby’s Bad-News Buds: Louisiana Gov. Jindal Is ‘One Of The Family’ At Religious Right HQ

Bobby Jindal knows better. The Louisiana governor majored in biology and public policy at Brown University, and he was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. So why is he defending the teaching of religious concepts in public school science classes?

Last Friday, in an interview with NBC’s Hoda Kotb, Jindal said he is perfectly fine with sneaking a little fundamentalist theology into the regular biology curriculum.   Read more

Pluck Of The Irish: Government Plans Move Away From Church Control Of Schools

Some members of the Catholic hierarchy have ranted that religious freedom is under attack in the United States, but now one of Europe’s most devoutly Catholic countries is looking for inspiration from America’s tradition of church-state separation. Read more

What Federal Debt?: Congressional Republicans Want New Subsidy For Religious Schools

Watch for a major fight in Congress over taxpayer subsidies for religious and other private schools.

In his Republican response to the State of the Union this week, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) touted “school choice,” a euphemism for vouchers.

“We need to give all parents, especially the parents of children with special needs, the opportunity to send their children to the school of their choice,” Rubio said. Read more

Funding Fundamentalism: Student Documents Louisiana Voucher Subsidy For Creationism

By Noah Fitzgerel

Aug. 1 will be a day that marks Louisiana’s continued effort to bore a hole though the wall of separation between church and state. That Wednesday is when the state’s new school voucher program kicks in and private schools that teach religion become eligible for taxpayer support. Read more

Meredith v. Daniels

In May 2011, Indiana enacted the "Choice Scholarship Program," a program in which the State provides vouchers for Indiana schoolchildren to attend private schools, including religious schools. Participating schools may deny admission to students on the basis of religious practice or belief. And students may be required to receive religious instruction and attend religious services. Read more

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