Vouchers

Vouchers
October 5, 2012

Robert G. Holland

Robert Holland, a journalist and author who has championed school choice throughout his career, is... (read full bio)

So does the Texas Parent PAC actually support the interests of parents? Its founder denounced the renewal of attempts to expand school choice in Texas because vouchers "can be just so destructive and harmful to public education" ("School vouchers battle renewed," Page A1, Friday).

Many polls show that large majorities of parents do not share that hostility. In May, a poll done for the Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options and other groups found that 85 percent of likely voters and 91 percent of Latinos in five states favor programs such as vouchers and scholarship tax credits that enable families to choose a private school.

And a national poll done by Braun Research for the Friedman Foundation found that 71 percent of moms favor vouchers being available to all families, not solely to the disadvantaged.

Perhaps a more accurate name for the anti-voucher outfit would be the Texas School-Monopoly Preservation PAC.

Robert Holland, senior fellow, The Heartland Institute, Chicago

Robert G. Holland

Robert Holland, a journalist and author who has championed school choice throughout his career, is... (read full bio)