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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 American education.

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