Charter Schools And The School Voucher System

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Education not only is a right, it is a requirement in modern society. In order to continue to progress it is necessary to have an informed and educated population. The access to this education is ensured by the government. However, quality of education is often diminished due to economic factors or cultural factors. Often parents are concerned about topics being taught in schools. The result of this is the existence of charter schools and the school voucher system. Charter schools are less regulated, private institutions which receive taxpayer funding. School voucher systems provide monetary assistance to qualifying students which allow them to attend private schools. This is shown as a way to provide parents with options concerning their child’s education. However, these institutions are severely under-regulated. An issue of separation of church and state also comes into question. Private, religious institutions are funded by tax-payer money. “To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves... is sinful and tyrannical.” Thomas Jefferson in his fervent effort to ensure freedom from the ideology of others. Not only do charter schools and voucher programs allow for tax-payer money going to possibly unregulated schooling, but they also undermine public education. Distributing funds which could have gone to improve public education are then used to fund private schools. As of December 2011, approximately 5,600 public…

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