Voucher Wars: Waging the Legal Battle over School Choice

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Set against the backdrop of a monopoly public school system that consigns millions of disadvantaged children to educational inequality, the recent Cleveland school vouchers case, appealed all the way to the Supreme Court -- which on June 27, 2002 upheld the program in an historic decision -- has brought the issue of educational freedom to national attention.

Some have called it the most important lawsuit of its kind since Brown v. Board of Education. In this book, Clint Bolick, ...

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Overview

Set against the backdrop of a monopoly public school system that consigns millions of disadvantaged children to educational inequality, the recent Cleveland school vouchers case, appealed all the way to the Supreme Court -- which on June 27, 2002 upheld the program in an historic decision -- has brought the issue of educational freedom to national attention.

Some have called it the most important lawsuit of its kind since Brown v. Board of Education. In this book, Clint Bolick, one of the premier fighters for school choice in the nation, and counsel in the Cleveland case, recounts the drama and the tactics of the 12-year battle for choice and, in the process, distills crucial lessons for future educational freedom battles.

Clint Bolick is the vice president and national director of the Institute for Justice. He is widely considered the nation's foremost legal expert on school vouchers and tax credits. He lives and works in Washington, D.C.

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Editorial Reviews

Milton Friedman
Clint Bolick has written an exciting and fascinating account of his experience as a lawyer defending school choice. In the process, he provides a comprehensive history of the school choice movement from the 1990 enactment of the nation's first urban school program in Wisconsin to the 2002 Supreme Court decision that established the constitutionality of voucher programs including religious schools. Clint makes clear how high the stakes are for the youngsters in low-income families condemned to failing government schools and how much their parents are willing to sacrifice to rescue them. A true human interest tale.
William J. Bennett
Clint Bolick is the nation's leading attorney for parental choice and education reform. No one knows this legal battle better than Clint, and his successes are victories for both our education system and our children.
Co-Director, Empower America; Former Secretary of Education
John Gardner
Clint Bolick is the new Thurgood Marshall. Marshall litigated the end of legal apartheid; Bolick the demolition of educational townships.
Milwaukee School Board
Nina Easton
Clint Bolick confounds his liberal critics because he is something that is not supposed to exist on the Right: an idealist.
Author, Gang of Five: Leaders at the Center of the Conservative Crusade
Library Journal
Attorney Bolick (Transformation: The Promise and Politics of Empowerment), who is affiliated with the Institute for Justice in Washington, DC, has argued numerous cases concerning educational vouchers and tax credits. Here he details his various court battles on school choice and attempts to answer the following questions: Should vouchers be for all schools, for all students, or just for financially and/or academically poor schools or students? How could a system of vouchers be achieved nationwide? Would all schools be held to certain standards in education? What needs to be done to include religious schools? Although these are hot topics, Bolick does little to advance the discussion and instead promotes his own personal agenda. His politics comes through loud and clear, as he indicates his obvious biases against liberals, the ACLU, the NEA, and People for the American Way. In the end, the reader is left to conclude that this book is as much about the author as it is about this important subject. A far better choice on the subject is R. Kenneth Godwin and Frank R. Kemerer's School Choice Tradeoffs: Liberty, Equity, and Diversity. An optional purchase for public libraries.-Terry Christner, Hutchinson P.L., IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930865389
  • Publisher: Cato Institute
  • Publication date: 3/15/2003
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Laying the Groundwork 1
2 Polly 15
3 False Starts 45
4 And Then There Were Five 67
5 Valley Forge 89
6 One in the Bank 109
7 A Blizzard of Decisions 125
8 Battles Within and Without 145
9 The Road to the Supremes 167
10 D-Day 185
11 The Road Ahead 201
12 Lessons 215
Appendix 221
Index 263
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