A school voucher is a certificate of funding issued by the government, which the parents of a schoolchild have control of and are able to direct towards the public or private school of their own choosing. In some areas, the voucher can be used to cover or reimburse home schooling expenses.
Voucher competition pushes public schools to be more efficient
Voucher system helps kids who would learn better in a non-public school
The vouchers let poor kids go to private school
Schools could cater to certain types of students. (STEM, arts, special needs)
Vouchers push all schools to become better
Private schools can be more cost-efficient than government institutions.
Students are more likely to graduate from private school than public school
There is not room in private schools to handle all the public school kids
Taxpayers have no say in how voucher money is spent
Vouchers will not pay for all of private school, so poor are still disadvantaged
Private schools do not perform better than public schools
Giving out vouchers would make all schools poorer
Many private schools are religious, so they should not get government money
Good students would leave public schools, leaving only struggling students.
A flight to public schools would result in abandoned public school buildings