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The Impact of Current School Voucher Programs


Published March 28, 2023

Currently, there are very few voucher programs in effect in America. One reason is because opponents of voucher programs are very powerful and have been effective in preventing them. The few voucher programs that are operational spend, on average, $6,300 per pupil‑much less than the public school’s per pupil spending of $13,000–$14,000. 

Discussion Questions:

  1. What are the pros and cons of vouchers being regulated or unregulated by the state? 
  2. Whose role is it to provide education: local, state, or federal government?

Additional Resources:

  • Watch “The Politics of Institutional Reform,” with Terry Moe on PolicyEd. Available here.
  • Watch “Teachers Unions vs. Students,” with Terry Moe on PragerU. Available here.
  • Read “Vouchers Help African American Students Go to College,” by Paul Peterson via Education Next. Available here.