Everyone pays taxes to support public schools. Parents who choose to send their children to private schools are actually paying twice. First, they pay taxes that are rightly demanded by state governments to support public eduction, but then they pay again when they write tuition checks to the private schools their children actually attend. Paying twice for one education is simply unfair.
Vouchers offer some relief, returning some of the tax money paid by the parents to off-set the tuition they are paying. Whether or not the private school they choose is religious or not, is immaterial. The principle remains the same. Parents should be allowed to send their children to the school of their choice (it being understood that these private schools are accredited by the state). If parents elect to send their children to private schools, the money they pay in taxes to support the public school system should be returned to them.
All of society benefits from a well-educated populace. Retirees and those without children pay, through taxation, for public schools. The parents of school-aged children pay these same taxes. The result is a well-funded system of public schools that, for the most part, does what tax-payers expect it to do – educate kids.
Unfortunately, not all school districts hold up their end of the proposition. They do not do a good job educating children. In essence, tax payers are paying for poor results. What are parents of students in these districts to do? They want the best for their children, but they aren’t getting anything close to it.
Private schools offer the possibility of a better education. But they do more than that – they help to break the monopoly on education that public schools hold. It is ironic that the same government which regulates trusts and monopolies in the business sector, imposes its own monopoly in the area of public education.
The market decides which products stay on the shelves. Inferior or low grade products are soon weeded out from those of higher quality. Competition for shelf space keeps product improvement surging forward. No one is forced to buy things they don’t like.
Schools should be no different. No parent should be forced to pay to send their child to a school which in their judgment is not serving their child’s needs.
For parents who choose private schools, vouchers simply lighten the debt load. What’s wrong with that? No one pays twice for one gallon of milk.
Likewise, no one should pay twice for one education.