Shocking: School Voucher Program Ruled Unconstitutional

In a shocking rebuke to school choice, a judge has actually blocked a West Virginia school voucher program that would have provided households $4,300 per student if they wanted to homeschool their kids or send them to an independent school.

Kanawha County Circuit Judge Joanna Tabit listened to arguments for just an hour on Wednesday prior to offering her viewpoint that the Hope Scholarship program would breach West Virginia’s constitution. The West Virginia legislature passed the bill in 2021 and households were anticipating utilizing the cash in the approaching academic year.

More than 3,000 trainees– approximately 1.2% of the state’s student population —had actually already been accepted into the program at the time of Judge Tabit’s ruling, and now their future educational possibilities are a bit more unsure. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has actually mentioned that his office will appeal the choice and he is positive the choice will be reversed.

“My Office will appeal today’s legally incorrect decision enjoining WV’s Hope Scholarship law. Our kids and hard-working families of our state deserve the best educational options,” he said in a statement on Twitter. “We’re very hopeful that this decision— like others which failed in Circuit Court— will be reversed.”

Critics of the voucher program competed that the reallocation of government funds will deteriorate the state’s public education programs and force school districts to make hard choices about combining or cutting programs. Article XII of West Virginia’s state constitution mandates that the state supply a free and quality education for all students and to invest and reserve tax profits for this effort in the state’s school fund. The coupon program, nevertheless, would not draw from this fund. Rather, it would pay out payments to participating households from the state’s general fund.

Complainants state that where the cash originates from is unimportant– any incentive for students to leave the general public education system will reduce the number of children registered and lead to smaller-sized allotments from grants.

Households who received vouchers would be offered broad freedom to utilize the cash so long as it was pursuant to their kid’s education. A number of parents have actually suggested that their school system does not have sufficient resources to fulfill the requirements of children in special education programs, however, without the Hope Scholarship personal choices were too cost-prohibitive.

H/T Timcast

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