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THE CASE AGAINST VOUCHERS
In the last two decades religious conservatives have spent vast
amounts of time and energy criticizing the public school system.
Their litany of problems should be familiar to anyone that has
read the conservative press: the schools don't do a good job of
educating; they are "religion free zones;" they are
indoctrinating children with the tenets of "secular humanism;"
they are unsafe; they are hostile to family values; etc.
As we demonstrate elsewhere in this web
page, at least some of these charges are flatly untrue. More
importantly, we find the religious right's favored solution to
the problem, school vouchers, to be both constitutionally
and practically unsound. In this section we examine voucher
systems more closely, explain how they work, and why they should
be opposed by anyone concerned with religious liberty and
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