In communities across the country, a growing and influential group of private school advocates has been pushing school vouchers as a cure-all for any deficiencies in our public education system. However, vouchers are not the panacea their proponents claim they are.
In addition to doing little to improve student performance and being vastly unpopular, vouchers undermine the separation of church and state. Voucher schemes shift millions of taxpayer dollars from public schools—which are open to all, regardless of faith—to private schools, the vast majority of which are religious. In turn, taxpayer funds directly support religious instruction—and not just in theology class, but in biology class, history class, and even math class. What’s more, these schools are often not required to comply with many academic standards and can discriminate, for example by excluding students on the basis of religion, sexual orientation, or disability.
The principles of religious liberty undoubtedly mean that parents may choose to send their children to private religious schools. They should not, however, allow for religious education to be provided at taxpayers’ expense. The ACLU has been fighting to preserve these religious freedom principles by challenging voucher programs across the country.
- Blog Post - Speak FreelyJanuary 30, 2018
Should Taxpayers Fund Schools Where Students Pledge Allegiance to the Christian Flag? Nevada Politicians Think So.Blog Post - Speak FreelySeptember 1, 2015
Gay? Have a Disability? Can’t Provide Evidence of Salvation? Colorado Voucher Schools Discriminated on Religious Grounds. State Supreme Court Says Not on the Government’s Dime.Blog Post - Speak FreelyJune 30, 2015
- News/Press ReleaseSeptember 29, 2016
ACLU, Americans United Applaud Colorado Supreme Court Decision Striking Down Voucher Program Funding Religious SchoolsNews/Press ReleaseJune 29, 2015
Coalition Letter to Senate HELP Committee Opposing Private School Vouchers in Every Child Achieves ActLetterApril 14, 2015