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Neovouchers: The Emergence of Tuition Tax Credits for Private Schooling

reviewed by Richard Fossey - November 24, 2008

coverTitle: Neovouchers: The Emergence of Tuition Tax Credits for Private Schooling
Author(s): Kevin G. Welner
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 0742540804, Pages: 176, Year: 2008
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Public funding for private schools—particularly religious schools—has long been a contentious political idea in the United States. In 1971, the Supreme Court appeared to shut the door on such funding. In Lemon v. Kurtzman, the Court ruled that state laws authorizing public funds to aid religious schools in Rhode Island and Pennsylvania violated the Establishment Clause because the laws created an “excessive entanglement between government and religion” (p. 614). Since Lemon, however, the Supreme Court has grown friendlier to the notion of public funding for religious schools. In Zelman v. Simmons-Harris, decided in 2002, the Court upheld the Cleveland voucher program, which allowed families in Cleveland, Ohio to receive publicly funded vouchers that they could use to attend private schools, including religious schools. Voucher advocates heralded what they thought was a new day for American education. President Bush declared the Zelman decision to be a civil rights triumph that was “just as... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 24, 2008
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15447, Date Accessed: 9/24/2021 1:35:11 AM

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  • Richard Fossey
    University of North Texas
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    RICHARD FOSSEY is a Professor and Senior Policy Researcher at the Center for the Study of Education Reform in the College of Education at the University of North Texas. He also serves as a Commissioner on the Texas Catholic Conference Accrediting Commission, which accredits Catholic elementary and secondary schools in Texas. He is working on an edited book on undocumented Hispanic immigration with UNT Professor Ron Wilhelm.
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