By Kristyna Carroll
School vouchers are a hot topic in Pennsylvania right now. Not sure where you stand on this issue? Library resources can help you find your way.
According to School Choices, “school vouchers, also known as scholarships, redirect the flow of education funding, channeling it directly to individual families rather than to school districts. This allows families to select the public or private schools of their choice and have all or part of the tuition paid.”
Start by reviewing two sides of the issue with Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Next, get an overview of the empirical evidence supporting school vouchers by reading “Voucher Programs are Key to Improving Public Schools.” Take a more in-depth look at the history and politics of school vouchers in the article, “School Vouchers Fail to Improve Education.” Another article, “Tuition Vouchers Are a Good Alternative to Failing Public Education,” can provide you with the opposing viewpoint. Explore this Gale resource for even more opinions and ideas about vouchers, education and other hot button issues.
Do you wonder where other voters and taxpayers stand on the issue of school vouchers? Polling the Nations is a database of public opinion polls. A simple search for school vouchers results in several recent polls. An August 2011 poll by the Economist/YouGov reveals a split among respondents with 40% approving and 47% disapproving of school vouchers in their own community.
If you are ready to take your research to the next level, investigate the Library’s books regarding educational vouchers in the United States. Or, try searching some of our premier databases. ERIC is a great resource for education articles; Worldwide Political Science (WPSA) is the place to go for political science research and Social Sciences Full Text covers a broader perspective.
Photo: Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context