Some Private Schools Refuse Admission to Voucher Recipients

Posted 1/20/2016

Vouchers are touted as a way to let parents choose the best schools for their children, but don’t be fooled – when it comes to school choice, it isn’t parents who do the choosing. Though parents can apply, parents do not get to choose the schools their children will attend. It’s the private schools that do the choosing. Private schools that participate in voucher programs are not required to admit the students who apply; the schools are allowed to pick and choose the students they want. And private schools almost always charge more tuition than the voucher will cover. In the first year of the special needs voucher program, Mississippi Department of Education officials reported that some parents were unable to find private schools that would accept their children.