States

A Big Year for Voucher Proposals

By Sean Cavanagh — April 27, 2011 1 min read

States across the country are considering a variety of different voucher proposals this year, as I discuss in a story this week.

On its own, this probably isn’t surprising, given that large numbers of Republican governors and lawmakers rolled to victory in elections last fall promising to expand private-school choice. What’s surprising is these proposals’ reach: A number of them attempt to create middle-class access to public funds for private school tuition—a major change from current voucher policy in the states.

At least 51 different voucher or voucher-type proposals have been put forward in 35 states, by one estimate. Assuming that a fair number of these make it into law, how will this change the private and public school landscape?

A version of this news article first appeared in the State EdWatch blog.