Fact Sheets: The Truth About Vouchers

How Do Vouchers Affect Educational and Social Equity, and Civil Rights?

Voucher opponents contend that voucher schools, not students, do the choosing in voucher programs, often excluding students due to special education and other factors. Private schools, unlike public schools, are not required to educate every child. They are not required to accept special-needs or disabled children, students with behavioral problems or those with academic difficulties, and may refuse to accept students on the basis of academic performance, religious affiliation, aptitude, achievement test scores, and special needs.1 Yet voucher proponents have generally resisted civil rights and other protections in voucher programs.

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