the past several weeks, members of Congress have introduced a flurry of bills
that would privatize nearly all federal
funds for K-12 schooling — and, at this very moment, the bills are picking
up co-sponsors and political momentum.
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-KY) and
Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN) recently introduced a bill (S. 1968 / H.R. 4000) that would turn a whopping 63 percent of federal education funding into vouchers for
private schools. Because the vast majority of private schools are
religious, money that would otherwise go to secular, public education will be diverted to support instruction in religious dogma. To make
matters worse, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) proposed a bill (S. 1909) to allow the rest of those funds — which currently subsidize
school lunches, serve students with disabilities, and support students
attending schools on federally impacted land or military bases — to be converted
into school vouchers.
Together, these bills would turn
nearly all federal education funding into vouchers. This means your
taxpayer dollars would fund sectarian institutions
that are not subject to state or federal education standards.
Converting the overwhelming
majority of our education funding to school vouchers would have a devastating
effect on children living in poverty, who are the primary beneficiaries of
this taxpayer money. And while advocates of school voucher programs
sell them as a cure for our ailing education system, they are nothing more
than a backdoor attempt to defund our shared public schools and funnel the
money to religious schools — the majority of which discriminate in enrollment
and employment, and indoctrinate students with religious-based teachings and
Study after study has
shown that vouchers do not help students and families. Instead of supporting
private and religious schools, taxpayer money must be used to support and
improve the public school system, which provides a religiously neutral,
constitutionally sound, and evidence-based education for all students.
We urge you to call or write your U.S. Senators and
Representative today and tell them to oppose any legislation that would create
a school voucher program, including S. 1968, S. 1909, and H.R. 4000.
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