Monday, November 3, 2014

It's wrong and misleading to call a tax-credit scholarship a 'voucher'

Longtime journalist Jon East explains why.

It's no secret why the defenders of the monopoly system, both nationally and in Oklahoma, use the word "voucher." They believe it to be a dirty word, and thus useful for demonization purposes. I don't think they realize that Oklahomans actually favor vouchers by a wide margin (survey methodology here). Given the popularity of vouchers, I cheerfully encourage voucher friends and foes alike to use the V word liberally.

But we shouldn't use the word voucher when we're talking about tax-credit scholarships.

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