Pandemic, culture wars revive ‘school choice’ policy push
The Associated Press
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Several years of pandemic restrictions and curriculum battles have emboldened longtime advocates of funneling public funds to private and religious schools in statehouses throughout the country.
Republicans and parents’ rights activists are pushing voucher-style education savings account proposals in a dozen states that would allow students to use taxpayer dollars toward education outside traditional K-12 schools.
The debates have inflamed teachers’ unions and resurfaced concerns about efforts to gradually privatize public education.
If enacted, they could transform the nature of state government’s relationship with the education system and deepen contrasts between how going to school looks in many red versus blue states.
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