According to a legislative call to action, the Council for Exceptional Children opposes the use of public funds “…to access private education through private school vouchers, tuition tax credits, direct tuition payments, taxpayer savings accounts, scholarships, and portability of public funds to private education entities for all students…as they are contrary to the best interests of students and their families, the public school system, local communities, and taxpayers” (Council of Administrators of Special Education, 2020). Other public education proponents also seek to oppose the use of vouchers for private and specialized institutions. Proponents for vouchers do not oppose or invalidate the public education system, however, we recognize that public schools are not always the best option and they should not be the only option. Currently, there are schools still struggling with educating students with disabilities in inclusive classrooms, and some educators struggle with instructing students with severe disabilities even in self-contained classrooms. Undoubtedly, parents should have the right to decide what is the best educational placement for their child. For some students with severe disabilities, parents may feel that their child may benefit from more specialized education. Furthermore, parents of children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds may want their children to have higher educational opportunity by attending institutions outside of their neighborhoods where the schools may be performing poorly. Public funds belong to the taxpayers and the taxpayers are the parents—the ones who should have the option to choose between public or private education.
We, the People, call on Congress to act on this issue in the following ways:
1. Sanction and expand the use of school vouchers nationwide to protect the use of public funds for educational choice
2. Pass H.R. 1434 Education Freedom Scholarship and Opportunity Act