March 13, 2009 5:05PM

Why Vouchers?

Yesterday a universal voucher bill heavily promoted by state Sen. Eric Johnson died in the Georgia legislature.


I can’t understand why anyone continues to push for a brand‐​new voucher program when they already have a universal education tax credit.


Tax credits are more popular and pose less of a threat to private schools and homeschoolers than vouchers, and Georgia already has a tax credit program. All they need to do is lift the cap on available tax credits, which is set at $50 million.


School choice programs actually save money — billions of dollars in fact — so there is no sense in capping the program, especially during an economic downturn.


And there is no sense in pushing for a new, inferior policy when you can focus your efforts on increasing funding for an existing law.