Should the United States create a school voucher program?
1. Betsy DeVos has been confirmed as secretary of education, after a historic tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence. DeVos became the subject of controversy because of her position on school vouchers. She supports allowing federal funds to follow students wherever they go, even if they decide to attend a privately run school. Vouchers have been supported by many elected officials on the right because many public schools are currently failing at properly educating students.
2. Opponents of school vouchers argue that the money should go to making public schools better, rather than shipping students to a private option. Additionally, many private schools are also religious in name and curriculum. That situation presents an issue when considering the First Amendment. In DeVos's confirmation, two Republican senators voted against her. Both are representing rural states. Vouchers tend not to help children in rural areas because there is often not another option outside of the local public school.
3. So, are school vouchers the solution to America's public education problem?
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President Barack Obama highlighted a record high school graduation rate this week. In the 2014-15 school year, about 84 percent of high school seniors graduated. This is a 1 percent improvement over the previous year and has increased 4 percentage rates since the 2010-11 school year. With more students graduating from high school, there are more Americans seeking high education as well.