"Vouchers go down in crushing defeat"The rest of my latest TGIF, "Ersatz School Choice," is at the Foundation for Economic Education website.
That headline thundered from Wednesday's Salt Lake City Tribune, as it announced that more than 60 percent of Utahans who voted on whether to uphold the statewide school-voucher program said no. It was a big setback for the voucher movement. The Utah legislature had approved the program by one vote. But the teachers' union, which opposes vouchers, gathered enough signatures to put the question to the voters. It poured a ton of money into its successful effort to have the people veto the law. This was the tenth time in over 30 years that voters have defeated school vouchers or education tax credits, says the National School Boards Association.
It may not look like a win for the cause of educational freedom, but in the long run it might be. That depends on what we do about it.