Neo-vouchers: The Emergence of Tuition Tax Credits for Private Schooling

Nearly six decades ago Milton Friedman proposed that government financed vouchers could help increase parental choice and improve schools by creating competition for the provision of primary and secondary education. (See Chapter 6 in Capitalism and Freedom). Friedman’s central idea was that governments could levy taxes in order to finance education without monopolizing its delivery. In Neovouchers: The Emergence of Tuition Tax Credits for Private Schooling, Kevin Welner offers an overview of American voucher programs, and in the process advances two troubling claims: 1) that vouchers have not been especially successful at improving American education, and that 2) vouchers present a serious challenge to the separation of church and state, since they are most often redeemed at religious schools. 

Published in: Educational Review
2011