Voters in Utah struck down the nation’s first universal private-school voucher program in Tuesday’s statewide election. The law, passed earlier this year by the Utah Legislature but then repealed during the referendum, would have given every public school student a taxpayer-funded voucher for private school tuition worth $500 to $3,000.
School choice supporters argue that vouchers will give families more educational options and force public schools to improve in a competitive environment. But opponents fear vouchers will drain much-needed money from public schools.
What do you think? What school choices should families have? Would vouchers harm public schools?
A version of this news article first appeared in the TalkBack blog.