Vouchers

Background

Since 2004, several states have proposed to enact and enacted voucher programs and voucher type programs, specifically for students with disabilities. Currently, according to the Alliance for School Choice, there are 32 voucher, tax credit, tax savings and or scholarship programs in place in the United States.

What is a Voucher?

Merriam-Webster's dictionary defines a voucher as "a coupon issued by government to a parent or guardian to be used to fund a child's education in either a public or a private school."

What is CEC's Position on Vouchers?

The Council for Exceptional children (CEC) strongly opposes any voucher program for students with disabilities as being contrary to the best interests of children and their families, public school systems, states, local governments, communities and tax payers. Further CEC believes that vouchers both contradict and undermine the central purposes of laws designed to protect students with disabilities, like the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).

Read CEC's Position on Vouchers for more information and check out the news articles below.

Voucher Toolkit

Learn why CEC opposes voucher programs and actions you can take to ensure students with disabilities retain their IDEA rights!

Read CEC's Voucher Toolkit

CEC Opposes Legislative Proposals to Siphon Public Funding to Private Schools: Public Funding “Follows the Child,” But Special Education Protections Do Not