Defining vouchers

While the Senate battled about whether or not to confirm Betsy DeVos as the Secretary of Education, a single word surfaced over and over again: voucher.

A voucher acts as a coupon for education. It allows parents to take the funds public schools normally receive for a student’s enrollment and then use them to finance their child’s education at a private institution of their choice.

In most cases, the student’s voucher is worth the same amount of money the school receives for their enrollment; however, some states have policies in which the amount of funding differs based on a student’s needs and family income.

In the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 16, Joy Resmovits wrote that with DeVos’s position established, schools may see vouchers make a major comeback. If DeVos can reconcile with her enemies, the new administration’s plans could shake up the world of education.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s