Schools Vouchers' Critics Cite Lack of Accountability

Monday, November 7, 2011

Public schools must account for every dime of state and federal funding they spend to educate students.

But what about public funds that are being channeled to private schools under the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Act?

That question has been raised amid public debate over the constitutionality of the year-old law that allows public school funding to pay private school tuition for special-needs students.

Rep. Jason Nelson, R-Oklahoma City, co-sponsor of the law, says private schools are accountable only to parents.

The whole point of school choice, he said, is giving parents control over their child's education.

"You're on your own now," Nelson said. "You're making the decision. So if you're not happy, go to another school."

But public schools are constrained by requirements to follow the law and account for all public funds.

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