in: Policy Review, Volume 15
The education voucher system -- the primary purpose of which is to force competition among public schools as well as between public & private schools -- is examined. The voucher system has been repeatedly proposed & rejected: causes for this include the fact that public schools are protected monopolies, & the increasing "bureaucratic imperialism" that is shifting power from local communities to the larger jurisdictions of city, county, state, & now federal governments. A recent experiment in the use of the voucher system in NH is discussed, & reasons for its failure are reviewed. The costs of public schooling average about twice those of private education. In light of this, such suggestions as the reforming of the provoucher Coons/Sugarman proposal, & the use of the constitutional initiative, are made. D. Abrahams.