|Perhaps the American Civil Liberties Union wouldn't have such a bad
reputation among conservatives if it stuck to defending civil
liberties instead of attacking ones they (i.e. the left) aren't fond
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2002 10:09:13 -0400
Subject: 7-30-02-ACLU Action Update: Oppose
Taxpayer Subsidies to Religious Schools
TO: ACLU Action Network Members
FR: Angela Colaiuta, National Field Organizer
In a decision issued last month, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Cleveland's school voucher program even though
96 percent of the students participating in the program used the vouchers to attend religious school. The battle over vouchers is
now turning to Congress, which is expected to soon debate the fate of these misguided programs.
Specifically, House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX) has introduced the "District of Columbia Student Opportunity Scholarship
Act," HR 5033. This troubling legislation would divert $45 million in public funds over five years to fund transportation, tuition
and fees at private and religious schools in the District of Columbia.
This program would offer only the illusion of "choice" for the vast majority of DC publ
ic school students. At best, it would
increase the opportunities of a handful of children that will be carefully selected by private schools that have the luxury of
deciding who they want to admit, all while funneling much-needed funds away from public schools.