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Both proponents and opponents of school vouchers see the issue as a computer does: up/down, yes/no. See, for instance, "School Vouchers, Pro and Con," in the Commentary section of the July 10, 1996, issue of Education Week. How about the possibility that vouchers are desirable and valid in some school districts (those that fall below even minimum standards in educating their students), and undesirable and unconstitutional in others (where the need for extraordinary measures is not as great and the support afforded to religions is greater)?
I was attending a debate between members of the education establishment and members of the business community at a conference in Orlando, Fla. The topic was a familiar one, "How To Improve America's Schools." Two days earlier, the president of the United States, 40 governors, and 49 top corporate executives had brought closure to a meeting in Palisades, N.Y., where they discussed the same topic, and two days before that, I had visited three high schools in one of the nation's most impoverished areas, on the South Side of Chicago.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CME Group Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations. Additional grants in support of Editorial Projects in Education’s data journalism and video capacity come from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Schott Foundation for Public Education. (Updated 1/1/2017)

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