Keep School Vouchers out of COVID Relief, Part II

Dear Friend,

In July, we alerted you that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell might insert a Betsy DeVos federally funded private school voucher proposal into must-pass emergency COVID-19 relief legislation. That plan didn’t come to fruition, but the threat to secular, public schooling didn’t go away.

Now, as the political parties negotiate the terms of another relief bill, it has been reported that McConnell is considering a “compromise” voucher proposal based on legislation introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz. The compromise, such as it is, funnels public education funding to private, largely religious schools for two years, rather than doing so permanently.

As you know, most private schools in the United States are religious. Funding private schools with government revenue egregiously violates the separation of church and state, forcing taxpayers of all religious beliefs and no beliefs at all to subsidize sectarian education and proselytization.

Tell your representatives that the wall between church and state is not a compromise position: Public dollars belong in public schools.

Sincerely,

Jason Lemieux
Director of Government Affairs
Center for Inquiry


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