“Vouchers Plan’s Costs To Public Schools Debated.” The Dallas Morning News. March 20, 1999, (33A) 1-2.
Savage, D. G. “Supreme Court Decision On School Vouchers.” Los Angeles Times. Nov. 2, 1998, (A-1) 1-3.
“A Wisconsin Law Allowing Use Of Public Funds For Private Schooling Was Appealed To Highest Court.” Minneapolis Star Tribune. Nov. 2, 1998, (08A) 1-2.
In conclusion, while many of our urban public school districts are in deplorable condition, saving a handful of students instead of and at the cost of public school development is not a long-term viable option for improving education in America. The program does violate the 1st Amendment guaranteeing separation of religion and state because state monies are spent on parochial school education period. Why the Supreme Court finds itself shy to mandate that federally funded monies are spent on only public projects is difficult to fathom when it makes no qualms about the mandates and guidelines surrounding so many other government subsidies. Further in an era of a perniciously pervading religious-right backed Republican party, what is to stop legislators from ensuring the funds they allocate will be spent on furthering their religious-backed agenda. Nothing. When it comes to city development, we are facing a critical period in American education with respect to our impoverished school districts when it comes to providing them with the funds they need to be able to provide a quality environment, staff and education for students. Eroding presently inadequate funding in an attempt to resolve the crisis is lacking in common sense at best and ludicrous at worst. While there are some shreds of merit in federally funded private school vouchers, the situation they are aimed at correcting in the short-term is made worse in the long-run.
Peterson, P. E. “Do School Vouchers Work?” The World & I. Vol. 14. Feb. 1, 1999, (64) 1-5.