|Vouchers Are Not Universally Popular
When offered the opportunity to vote on voucher-like programs, the
public has consistently rejected
them; voters in 19 states have rejected such proposals in referendum ballots.
In the November 1998 election, for example, Colorado voters rejected a
proposed constitutional amendment that would have allowed parochial schools
to receive public funds through a complicated tuition tax-credit scheme.
Indeed, voters have rejected all but one of the tuition voucher proposals
put to the ballot since the first such vote over 30 years ago.
|Indeed, voters have rejected all
but one of the tuition voucher proposals put to the ballot since
the first such vote over 30 years ago.
Voucher proposals have also made little progress in legislatures across
the country. While 20 states have introduced voucher bills, only two
have been put into law. Congress has considered several voucher plans
for the District of Columbia, but none has been enacted.
A recent poll conducted by the Joint Center for Political and Economic
Studies demonstrates that support for vouchers has declined over the
last year. Published in October 1998, the Poll revealed that support
for school vouchers declined from 57.3 percent to 48.1 percent among
Blacks, and from 47 to 41.3 percent among whites. Overall, 50.2 percent
of Americans now oppose voucher programs; only 42 percent support them.