Public Vs. Private Education Essays

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Public vs. Private Education: When Interests Collide
Proper education is becoming increasingly accessible with each passing day, with parents who want their children to learn about the importance of a proper education. The parents/guardians want to have the choice to send their children to a reputable school that they will enjoy attending and where the children can improve their cognizance. However, not every child has this opportunity: some lack the funds needed to choose what school they want to attend while others simply don’t have any other choice. Recently, House Bill 2949 was passed in a 9-8 vote by the House of Representatives (Plemons) that would allow students this luxury of choice between private or public education. However, this bill has stirred quite a bit of controversy. The bill “looks to create education savings accounts that would allow parents or guardians to receive public money to help pay for private school education.” [1] The bill offers parents the freedom to choose where their children will go, but it could bring a negative financial impact to public schools as well as potentially violate the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.
The program in question is called an education savings account, or ESA, which “represents state-issued funds that can be used to purchase education at any school, public or private (Schmidt, Shelly, Bardes 71),” and HB 2949 seeks to establish one such program in Oklahoma. The bill has garnered a fair amount of controversy,…

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