Along with charter schools, vouchers provide parents a say in how their tax dollars are spent for the education of their children.
According to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, in the 2017-2018 school year, per-pupil expenditures for Moore County schools by funding source State/County/Federal were $5893/$2522/$937 (total $9352). If families were provided a voucher equal to half this amount — about $4600 per pupil per year — most could afford to educate their children in private or home schools. Taxpayers would save an equal amount.
Competition for these dollars would lead to many education options, both for pupils as well as job opportunities for educators.
Competition improves all who choose to compete. Society and businesses profit from smarter graduates. Vouchers are not a new concept. Vermont has used these effectively through its “Town Tuitioning Program” since 1869.
Americans love choice and reward businesses that provide them the greatest value for their hard-earned dollars. Education should be no different.
Kent Misegades, West End