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Money/Financial Issues

Updated 3-22-19

Can You Spare Some Change?

The Christian One-Room Schoolhouse

How to Begin a Church Christian Education Scholarship Program

School Choice: The Hidden Dangers for All

Charter Schools Are Deceptive

What about Educational Savings Accounts?

Say “NO” to Tax Credits

How Would People Pay for Private Schooling? What about Vouchers?

Vouchers Do Not Equal Victory (Neither are Charter Schools or Tax Credits)

Should We Work for Vouchers?

Vouchers: A Thorn By Any Other Name

What about Virtual Public Schools?

Discount Tuition Program  (NY)

Regarding the broad term, “School Choice,” the following is from two people who are well informed on the subject.

Vouchers are one means to institute School Choice.  School Choice quite simply is the attempt to bring private schools or religiously-affiliated schools under the control of the federal government. The federal government by law (ESSA) takes control of any school that takes any federal money.  

Normally when Christians or conservatives use term school choice it does involve the state giving a tax funded voucher, which is a danger to their autonomy. When they reach for the money the handcuffs go on. We oppose the tax-funded voucher program but it is growing in acceptance among undiscerning and uninformed Christians. Watch out for term tuition tax credit too. There are many conservatives who warn against the voucher so the school choice crowd does the old bait and switch and change term to tax credit, but it is a disguised voucher in most cases. Very frequently the left and Democrats oppose them too because they think vouchers are a threat to the monopoly of public education; we oppose them because they are a threat to the autonomy of private and Christian education. If the left opposes the voucher too, then it must be a good thing, huh? No in this case. We don't want the state paying our pastors and we don't want them subsidizing our Christian schools.  ------------------------------

“Education savings accounts (ESAs) allow parents to withdraw their children from public district or charter schools and receive a deposit of public funds into government-authorized savings accounts with restricted, but multiple, uses. Those funds—often distributed to families via debit card—can cover private school tuition and fees, online learning programs, private tutoring, community college costs, higher education expenses and other approved customized learning services and materials. Some ESAs, but not all, even allow students to use their funds to pay for a combination of public school courses and private services.”

A rule of thumb regarding taking money from the government is "When they reach out to take the money, the handcuffs go on."  Dr. Bruce Shortt