School Vouchers

By: Cara Restelli
By: Cara Restelli

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court says public money can be used to pay for tuition at private schools.

It's a decision that upholds a voucher system implemented in Cleveland, Ohio, but could have an impact locally as well.

The Supreme Court decision will allow states to give parents an education stipend to use for the school of their choice, public or private; which is something that's causing a lot of controversy.

Critics say the decision breaches a separation of church and state, and takes away precious dollars those public schools, especially here in Rockford.

But others say it gives all students an equal chance at getting a good education despite their family’s economic status.

Voucher programs have been proposed several times in the state legislature but never approved. There's no word yet on if the issue will come up again in the wake of the Supreme Court decision.


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