School vouchers are the educational topic of the millennium. In California, if Prop. 38 were passed it would grant K-12 students a $4,000-a-year voucher to receive private schooling. This proposition has some ups and some downs in my viewpoint and in this paper I will tell you about school vouchers, I will also tell you about the opponents and the supporters of the bill, the candidates for President stance on the issue and finally my thoughts about school vouchers.
"... Proposition 38, the initiative that would grant a $4,000-a-year voucher to K-12 students to attend a private school..."(Saunders A-24). The vouchers have been tested in a few cities including Dayton, Ohio, Washington D.C. and New York. Some bad news for supporters of Prop. 38 were that "... students offered the vouchers - 47 percent in Washington, 46 percent in Dayton and 24 percent in New York- did not use them"(Zernike 2).
"Its poor kids who lack options... and public schools know a captive society when they see it. They can under educate the kids with little negative effect"(Saunders A-24). Most Supporters of Prop. 38 want to do things for the better of Americas Children. They say that this bill will better education for all students not just the ones who get into private school. This they say is true because the vouchers will bring up competition among schools and force them to better their acts. "... for most Americans public education is the only option"(So You Wanna Know... 1). They say that this will finally give all children a chance to go private school or at least get into the private school atmosphere.
A fact brought up by an opponent of the proposition was "... there was no significant test score difference between students who attended private school and the students who attended public school"(Zernike 1). The foes also state, "School vouchers are the fools gold of educational reform"(Wickham 29A). They are trying to get across their