Whether or not it is unconstitutional and whether or not you agree with the plan is two separate issues. I think it is clearly unconstitutional, that says nothing of my approval or disapproval of the plan.
There are several complex issues with the voucher system. One being that you are allocating tax payer money to religious institutions. Secondly, I think the plan was poorly designed. There were major illogical components which would have been exposed by a variety of different circumstances. Why have stringent requirements on public schools, administrators, and teachers but not have many of these same requirements for the schools to which these students are allowed to transfer? Teachers are tied to parish and state standards and curriculum but these schools aren't.
The public schools have standardized tests and other modes of evaluating the students progress and the teacher's ability, the private schools and teachers aren't held to the same accountability. If the public schools are rated on a A-F grade school shouldn't the private schools receiving funding for the voucher kids be rated as well. How do the parents or politicians know that they aren't shifting their kids to an even worse school? What about children who start the year in the voucher program but then switch back to the public system? The private school already received the monies for that student, and now the public school will be overcrowded and underfunded. I could go on and on, there were way too many unaccounted for contingencies.
This post was edited on 5/7 at 12:47 pm