Issues Library—Federal Education Policy
There have been various programs, with various names, designed for the purpose of using public funds to pay for all or part of the costs of students’ tuition at private or religious schools. Those in support of vouchers say they increase “school choice” or “parent choice.” HSLDA opposes vouchers as they are not a free hand-out from the government and will regulate parental freedoms. To date, no national voucher system has been established, nor is a state voucher system available to homeschools.
Our government has the responsibility to spend our money frugally. For the government to “just give” vouchers to homeschoolers would be irresponsible and pointless. If no strings are attached to vouchers, why waste the time and money sending tax dollars through a complicated bureaucracy only to be returned to the parents? Voucher proponents have conceded that regulation would accompany vouchers, but claim it would not be excessive. HSLDA has spent nearly 20 years fighting to protect parental rights to teach children at home; vouchers would hinder the furtherance of this right.
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