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        The Lowdown | Should Public Funds Be Used to Send Kids to Private Schools? Lesson Plan

        School vouchers—state money given to families to send their children to private schools—is a key element of the “school choice” movement, which the Trump administration has strongly supported. Proponents insist that vouchers can help close the achievement gap by giving low-income students in underperforming schools access to high quality private schools. But opponents say vouchers rob public schools of much-needed funds and only benefit a select few. They also point to research showing that students who use vouchers do not consistently or significantly outperform their counterparts. In this lesson, students will evaluate and write arguments in support or opposition to school vouchers. 

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