The Saturation Campaign of Lies and Distortions about Educational Vouchers.Report as inadecuate

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This paper asserts that a campaign of distortions and lies about educational vouchers is being conducted by opponents of expanded educational options for low-income parents. It suggests that aspects of the voucher debate are subject to frequent distortion, refuting myths that are being spread. These focus on such issues as: overall admission practices in public and private schools; admission practices for special education students in public and private schools; other private school practices and issues (e.g., voucher programs siphon the best students from public schools, and vouchers are not helping the children they were designed to help); racial segregation; fiscal issues; and academic achievement. The paper concludes that the anti-voucher campaign is having an affect, and two groups must accept responsibility for calling attention to these lies and repudiating them: the news media and citizens on all sides of the issue. It recommends that these groups hold accountable the perpetrators of such lies and urge elected policymakers to reject distortions designed to block a fair debate of the issue. (Contains 34 references.) (SM)

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Admission (School), Educational Finance, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Low Income Groups, Private School Aid, Private Schools, Public Schools, Racial Segregation, School Choice, Special Needs Students

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Author: Fuller, Howard L.


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