As Robert Tomsho explains in the Wall Street Journal, 2009 is proving to be a difficult year for parents who want to choose the best education for their children.
Vouchers — which give students public money to pay private-school tuition — have grown since a 2002 Supreme Court decision upheld their use in religious schools. About 61,700 students use them in the current school year, up 9% from last year, according to the Alliance for School Choice, a voucher advocate.
But earlier this month, Congress voted to stop funding a voucher program for the District of Columbia. Two other prominent voucher programs — in Milwaukee and Cleveland — are facing statehouse efforts to impose rules that could prompt some private schools to stop taking voucher students. . .
On Wednesday, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled that two state voucher programs, benefiting foster children and disabled students, violated Arizona’s state constitution.
Here is a complete list and several meta-lists of the evidence that vouchers help kids.
I wrote about the good old days when Democrats were for education reform here.