Lamar Alexander, Republican Senator from Tennessee, will propose voucher legislation today in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute.

According to,

“The Tennessee Republican will roll out a school choice bill at the American Enterprise Institute today. It consolidates dozens of federal programs that make up about 41 percent of all federal education spending, with an incentive for states that use the money to expand school choice for low-income students. States could allow families to use their share of the federal funding – about $2,100 per student – for private school tuition, tutoring, extra-curricular enrichment, even homeschooling materials.”

Mark Miller, a Republican from Pennsylvania who is an officer of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association and a director of the Network for Public Education, described to me the Alexander proposal:

“He wants to give 11,000,000 students in poverty a voucher to go to “whatever accredited institution they want”. The $24 Billion package only gives $2,100 per student. Of course the rest of the tuition will come from the “School District of Record” meaning about $100 Billion will “follow the child”.”

Bottom line: the Alexander plan will destroy public education in the U.S.

Do not be fooled: this is not a conservative plan. This is a radical plan. It will send public dollars to backwoods churches and ambitious entrepreneurs.

No high-performing nation in the world has vouchers.

“When you wage war on the public schools, you’re attacking the mortar that holds the community together. You’re not a conservative, you’re a vandal.”

― Garrison Keillor, “Homegrown Democrat: A Few Plain Thoughts from the Heart of America”