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A student’s success should not depend on chance

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 A student’s chances for success should not depend on having a voucher for a religious or private school, winning a charter lottery, or living in a particular neighborhood.
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Taxpayers should not have to fund two school systems.

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 We need to ensure that taxpayer dollars are invested in public schools —
not shifted into vouchers for religious and other private schools — so that every child in every community has the opportunity for a great education at a neighborhood public school.
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Vouchers ignore what really works.

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 If we’re serious about every child’s future, let’s get serious about doing what works. This means resourcing our neighborhood public schools so that students have inviting classrooms, a well-rounded curriculum, class sizes that are small enough for one-on-one attention, and support services such as health care, nutrition and after-school programs for students who need them.
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Even with vouchers, most parents still wouldn’t have the money to pay for private schools.

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 Vouchers only weaken our neighborhood public schools, and even with vouchers, most parents still wouldn’t have the money to pay for private schools. We simply can’t afford to fund two different education systems — one private and one public — on the taxpayers’ dime.
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Voucher schools are unaccountable when it comes to taxpayer money.

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 Voucher programs are using our tax dollars for unaccountable private schools and expenses. The schools are not required to meet any standards for accounting, education or transparency.
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Vouchers divert money from public schools for the sake of the 10 percent of students who want to go to private schools.

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 Vouchers take scarce funding away from public schools and give it to private schools that are unaccountable to the public. We should focus on improving public schools, where 90 percent of children go, not on diverting money from them for the sake of the 10 percent who want to go to private schools.