Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Will Utah adopt vouchers?

In Utahns Can Vote for School Choice Tuesday John Stossel starts with:

"Next Tuesday, Utah voters go to the polls to decide if their state will become the first in the nation to offer school vouchers statewide. Referendum 1 would make all public-school kids eligible for vouchers worth from $500 to $3,000 a year, depending on family income. Parents could then use the vouchers to send their children to private schools."

I hope the citizens in Utah pass the referendum. It is a great first step, but a true voucher system would give a bigger slice of the $7,500 per child the public schools in Utah get to spend.

Many opponenets say vouchers don't work and they will find a school or two with lower test scores than the average public school. But this is really an indication of just how bad public schools have gotten when a private school with half the money often does a better job.

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Locomotive Breath said...

Unless I'm mistaken, I think this act is already law.

"On Monday, (Feb. 19, 2007), Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr., signed into law the "Parent Choice in Education" Act (H.B. 148).

The "Parent Choice in Education" Act will provide scholarships to assist families that choose to send their children to private schools. The scholarship amount varies between $500 and $3,000 depending on family income. (See Table 1.)

All current public school students will be able to use a voucher to transfer to a private school. (woohoo!)

By enacting the "Parent Choice in Education" Act, Utah has created the most comprehensive school choice program in the nation.

State and local policymakers across the nation should consider similar programs to expand educational options and introduce competition into education."

Henry Cate said...

You are right, my post is not correct.

My current understanding of the situation is yes vouchers are law, but voucher opponents are still fighting it.