Those already sending their kids to private schools (even though they would seemingly benefit a lot financially) might be opposed for the following reasons:
1 - Government vouchers will drive up the costs of a private education thus eliminating the most positive benefit (simple supply and demand). Which is exactly what has driven the cost of college through the roof in the last decade or two as government loans and grants have flooded US colleges.
2 - Private schools would be flooded with the rude, ill-behaved, liberally indoctrinated, feral children that private school parents were so desperate to keep their children away from to being with.
The government probably wouldn’t allow this,
but the solution to the unruly kids ruining a school is simple -
kick ‘em out.
If the parents want their kids to be in a school where they have been warned about their behavior, the parents will be sure the kid shapes up.
Again, though, the government wouldn’t allow this. Liberalism is all about there being no consequences for behavior.
It runs that risk. I’d like to know if it is indexed for inflation, at or below the cost of the average private school cost, and if there is any incentive on the part of the parent to “save” money.
Also, what happens to home schoolers?
The best answer to your concerns is there is a private school for those also?
If not make one!!
This is the big one. The voucher plan could thus kill the private school system.
I agree with both reasons. As a parent whose child starts private Christian school this fall, I want parents to have to sacrifice to send their kids to private school. That way, the only kids that will be there are the ones whose parents really want them to be. We make above median income, but not greatly above. The school he will be attending is less than some other private schools in the area, but we are giving up a lot to send him there. It's a very nice car payment, maybe two car payments. Or a bigger house. But, I will gladly give those up to provide him a better academic opportunity with a Christian world-view, surrounded by kids whose parents feel the same way and are very involved.
It depends on the character of the school. A school with a strong religious mission, as opposed to one with only the title of Christian will resist the temptation to let the money be the determining factor. But even a school with a more mercenary view will hestitate to offend its existing customers, who can, after all, chose to go elsewhere.