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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

‘Choice’ Charade: Religious School Leaders Want Your Money But Not Your Oversight

Supporters of private school “choice” – by which they mean their right to choose to pass the bill for private religious education to the taxpayer – believe they are on a roll. To some extent, they’re right.

In March, Indiana’s Supreme Court ruled that the state’s voucher plan doesn’t violate a provision in the Indiana Constitution that bars tax aid to religion. In the wake of that ruling, legislators promptly approved an expansion of the program. Read more

Paying For Prejudice: Georgia Tax-Credit Program Subsidizes Anti-Gay Bias

Vouchers and tuition tax credits, we’re told by those who favor them, will promote “school choice.”

This is true, in a sense. But here’s the harsh reality: It’s the private school that gets the choice, not the parents. Read more

Choice Charade: Lessons From Wisconsin’s Voucher ‘Experiment’

Advocates of private school vouchers often point to Wisconsin as a model. The state has had a voucher plan since the early 1990s. At first limited to secular private schools in the city of Milwaukee, the voucher scheme was later expanded to include religious institutions. Read more

School For Scandal: The Louisiana Voucher Plan Just Gets Worse And Worse – And Your State May Be Next

The ongoing disgrace that is the Louisiana voucher plan continues to scandalize. This is a pretty impressive feat, considering that the program hasn’t even been fully implemented yet.

“The Wall of Separation” has reported previously about how leaders of religious schools are using the taxpayer funds to increase enrollment and how some schools plan to teach creationism and other discredited ideas. Read more

Eau Claire’s Prayer Snare: When It Comes To Religion, The Best Policy For Government Is Hands Off

Communities across the country continue to squabble over what they should do about prayers before government meetings.

The latest flashpoint is Eau Claire County, Wisc., where the Board of Supervisors has voted 23-4 to replace its invocation with a “moment of reflection.” Read more

Grouchy Over Graduation: Some Wisconsinites Say AU Is 'Just Evil'

This morning, I started off my work day by taking a call from a "concerned citizen."

Her "concern" was that Americans United was "just evil." She wanted me to know how awful AU was for sending letters yesterday to three public school districts and a community college, asking them to stop using Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisc., as the venue for graduation ceremonies. Read more