Advocacy

NSBA’s Position on Private School Vouchers

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NSBA Works to Defeat Legislation for Private School Vouchers

NSBA opposes private school vouchers and urges Congress to reject using any federal funds for voucher programs, including any special education vouchers for military children or specific subgroups of students.

NSBA also urges Congress to oppose any amendments to make vouchers part of a reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

According to the 2013 PDK Gallup poll, an overwhelming majority (70 percent) of Americans opposed private school vouchers, the highest percentage since 1993. Vouchers and tuition tax credits siphon scarce resources, time, and attention from our nation’s public schools, which educate 50 million students.

NSBA believes that private school vouchers are bad public policy because they:

  • Abandon public schools and drain away critical dollars.
  • Eliminate public accountability.
  • Have not raised student achievement for all.
  • Do not improve education for special education students.
  • Leave behind many students, including those with the greatest needs.
  • Waste taxpayers’ money.
  • Give choices to private schools, not parents.

What You Can Do

  1. Write a letter to your Representative and Senators. Recruit at least two other school board members to do the same. Use NSBA’s Legislative Action Center to find your elected officials by zip code.
  2. Send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper outlining the details about public school vouchers and why they’re bad for local schools. You can use the talking points on private school vouchers as a guide.
  3. Encourage your local school board members to contact Congress and urge them to oppose diverting federal funding to private schools. Here’s how to contact your Representatives and Senators.
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