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Voucher Programs

A voucher is a coupon, typically worth the cost of tuition, for a student to attend a different school. Often, voucher programs allow students to attend private or parochial schools. Vouchers are a school choice mechanism that enables public funds to flow to private, often religious, schools. Because vouchers reallocate tax dollars, legislation is necessary to make vouchers available. By 2009, 14 states and the District of Columbia had voucher laws; however, of the approximately 60 million children in the United States between the ages of 4 and 18, fewer than 100,000 receive vouchers.

History

The history of vouchers in the United Stated dates back more than 200 years to programs implemented in Maine and Vermont to provide schooling for children living in areas that did ...

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