School Vouchers

NSBA Letter to the U.S. House of Representatives Regarding the Student Success Act

In this letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Executive Director Tom Gentzel outlines NSBA's position on the Student Success Act (H.R. 5) which was introduced on the House floor on July 8, 2015. In the letter, Mr. Gentzel voices NSBA's opposition to private vouchers and concerns with Title I portability and funding cap provisions in the bill. 

NSBA and NCPE Letter Opposing DC School Voucher Program Reauthorization

In a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, NSBA and more than 50 organizations, as members of the National Coalition for Public Education (NCPE), urged Congress to oppose the reauthorization of the DC school voucher program.

NSBA Signs on to NCPE Coalition Letter Opposing Vouchers

Along with 52 other members of the National Coalition for Public Education (NCPE),  NSBA opposes any amendment to Fiscal 2016 Senate Budget Resolution (S. Con Res. 11) that would create a private school voucher program.  The NCPE wrote to express our strong opposition to any amendments to the Fiscal 2016 Senate Budget Resolution (S. Con Res. 11) that would support the creation of a private school voucher or tuition tax credit program.

National Coalition for Public Education Letter on Senate Budget Proposal for Private School Voucher Program

The 53 undersigned members of the National Coalition for Public Education (NCPE), of which the National School Boards Association is one, wrote to express their strong opposition to any amendments to the Fiscal 2016 Senate Budget Resolution (S. Con Res. 11) that would support the creation of a private school voucher or tuition tax credit program.

NSBA Asks N.C. Supreme Court to Strike Down State Voucher Program

Alexandria, Va. (Feb. 2, 2015) — The National School Boards Association (NSBA) filed a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief today in the North Carolina Supreme Court case Richardson v. North Carolina. The brief supports a lawsuit by the North Carolina School Boards Association asking the Court to strike down as unconstitutional the state’s law that provides vouchers for students to attend private schools.

NSBA’s brief points out that the voucher program’s lack of accountability measures means parents will be denied the ability to assess the quality of the education their students receive. Under the program, private schools in the state do not have to comply with state accountability, academic, and curricular standards, are not required to employ minimally qualified teachers, and do not have to report their low performance.

Richardson v. State of North Carolina (N.C. Sup. Ct.)

Privatization & School Choice: Vouchers – whether state’s private school voucher program violates state constitution

North Carolina School Boards Association Press Release Re: NC School Voucher Program Decision

North Carolina School Boards Association press release announcing Wake County Syperior Court Judge Hobgood's bench opinion ruling that the state's private school voucher program violates the state constitution.

Voucher program found unconstitutional in North Carolina

Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood found North Carolina’s voucher program unconstitutional, giving North Carolina public school supporters cause for celebration. Hobgood found the program—which effectively takes funding from public schools and directs it to private and religious schools—in violation of the fundamental provisions of the state constitution. “Appropriating taxpayer funds to unaccountable schools does not accomplish a public purpose,” Hobgood said in his ruling.

NSBA Letter to Full Congress Opposing the CHOICE Act

NSBA letter opposes the CHOICE (Creating Hope and Opportunities for Individuals and Communities through Education) Act and urges Congress to maximize resources for our public schools.

Cain v. Horne, No. 07-0143 (Ariz. App. Div. Two, May 15, 2008)

An Arizona intermediate court of appeals has struck down two new state voucher programs for foster and disabled children as violating the state constitution’s “Aid Clause.” That clause provides: “No tax shall be laid or appropriation of public money made in aid of any church, or private or sectarian school, or any public service corporation.” However, the court ruled the programs did not violate the state constitution’s “Religion Clause,” which provides: “No public money or property shall be appropriated for or applied to any religious worship, exercise, or instruction, or to the support of

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