School Vouchers

Issue Brief and Resources

School vouchers are education tax dollars that typically are diverted from public schools in order to help subsidize the tuition of private and religious school students. While a few states and cities have limited voucher programs, the only federally funded program is a pilot program in Washington, D.C.

Why is This Important to Your School District?

Congress has consistently under-funded federal education programs, such as Title I and special education, while placing new requirements and accountability standards on public schools nationwide. Limited federal education dollars should be invested in public schools not diverted to private and religious schools that face no similar public accountability requirements.

What to Tell Congress: NSBA's Position

Let your Senators and Representatives know that you oppose draining critical resources from the nation's public schools to fund private school vouchers. You can use these talking points to help convey your message. For comprehensive information on vouchers, visit NSBA's Voucher Strategy Center website.

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Additional Resources

NSBA Issue Brief: Private School Vouchers
Learn more about NSBA's position on private school vouchers.

Press Release: 2013 PDK/Gallup Poll Shows the Public’s Strong Opposition to Taxpayer-Funded Vouchers, August 21, 2013
NSBA and NCPE urge legislators to take heed of results in poll

Letter to House Appropriations Committee June 20, 2012
NSBA letter opposes funding for the failed D.C. voucher program.

Letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee June 14, 2012
NCPE letter opposes funding for the failed DC voucher program.

Written Testimony of the National Coalition for Public Education
Submitted to the House Committee on Education and the WorkforceSubcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary & Secondary Education for the Hearing on “Exploring State Success in Expanding Parent and Student Options”

Judge Halts Douglas County school voucher program (Denver Post, 8-13-11)
Judge issues permanent injunction on Douglas County (Colorado) voucher program stating it violates state constitution.

Letter to Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs - June 28, 2011
NSBA calls for DC vouchers to be properly administered

Letter to the House of Representatives: May 25, 2011
Re: Please Oppose the $10 million School Voucher Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2012

Letter to U.S. House of Representatives: March 28, 2011
NSBA opposes the continuation of the pilot voucher program, which based on federally-mandated studies, has repeatedly failed to show effectiveness in improving student achievement over the last seven years.

Ex-School Leader to Plead Guilty: Tyler Headed Closed City Voucher School: March 22, 2011
Former head of a voucher school pleads guilty to mail fraud and money laundering.

Douglas County (CO) school board unanimously OKs voucher plan to help pay for private-school tuition: March 16, 2011
Douglas County (Colorado) approved a plan to provide vouchers worth $4,575 each to 500 students to attend a private school in the 2011-2012 school year.

Letter to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: February 15, 2011
Re: Oppose renewing and expanding the D.C. Voucher Program

Letter to the Senate: March 11, 2010
Re: Oppose the Lieberman D.C. Voucher Reauthorization Amendment to FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act

Letter to the Senate: March 4, 2010
Re: Oppose the Lieberman D.C. Voucher Reauthorization Amendment to H.R. 4213

Letter to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government: September 14, 2009
Re: Oppose continued funding for D.C. school vouchers

Letter to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees: August 12, 2009
Re: Conferees should strike private school voucher study (Section 535) of the National Defense Authorizations Act for Fiscal Year 2010

Letter to House of Representatives: July 15, 2009
Re: Oppose Expanding the D.C. Voucher Pilot Program in H.R. 3170

Letter to Senate Appropriations Committee: July 9, 2009
Re: Oppose continued funding of the expired D.C. Voucher Pilot Program

Letter to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government: July 8, 2009
Re: Oppose continued funding of the expired D.C. Voucher Pilot Program

Letter to House Appropriations Committee: July 7, 2009
Re: Oppose continued funding of the expired D.C. Voucher Pilot Program

Letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government: June 24, 2009
Re: Oppose continued funding of the expired D.C. voucher Pilot Program

NCPE Coalition Letter to House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government: June 24, 2009
Re: Funding of the DC Voucher Pilot Program

Letter to Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee: May 12, 2009
Re: Oppose continued funding for D.C. school vouchers

Letter to House Budget Committee: March 25, 2009
Re: Oppose Jordan’s amendment to extend DC private school vouchers in FY 2010 budget resolution

Letter to Senate Appropriations Committee: July 9, 2008
Re: Oppose funding for school vouchers in D.C. Appropriations bill

Letter to House Appropriations Committee: June 19, 2008
Re: Oppose funding for school vouchers in D.C. appropriations bill

Letter to House Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government: June 11, 2008
Re: Oppose funding for school vouchers in D.C. Appropriations bill

National Coalition for Public Education Letter to Chairman Jose Serrano: April 29, 2008
Re: D.C. School Voucher Program

Letter to the House Subcommittee on Early Education, Elementary and Secondary Education: March 10, 2008
NSBA's letter for the record on subcommittee hearing - "After School Programs: How the Bush Administration's Budget Impacts Children and Families"

 
 
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