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Voucher Wars: Waging the Legal Battle over School Choice [Kindle Edition]

Clint Bolick
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Set against the backdrop of a monopoly public school system that consigns millions of disadvantaged children to educational inequality, the recent Cleveland school vouchers case, appealed all the way to the Supreme Court, has brought this issue to national attention.

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"Clint Bolick has written an exciting and fascinating account of his experience as a lawyer defending school choice. In the process, he provides a comprehensive history of the school choice movement from the 1990 enactment of the nation's first urban school program in Wisconsin to the 2002 Supreme Court decision that established the constitutionality of voucher programs including religious schools. Clint makes clear how high the stakes are for the youngsters in low-income families condemned to failing government schools and how much their parents are willing to sacrifice to rescue them. A true human interest tale."
--Milton Friedman

"Clint Bolick is the nation's leading attorney for parental choice and education reform. No one knows this legal battle better than Clint, and his successes are victories for both our education system and our children."
--William J. Bennett, Co-Director, Empower America; Former Secretary of Education

"Clint Bolick is the new Thurgood Marshall. Marshall litigated the end of legal apartheid; Bolick the demolition of educational townships."
--John Gardner, Milwaukee School Board

"Clint Bolick confounds his liberal critics because he is something that is not supposed to exist on the Right: an idealist."
--Nina Easton, Author, Gang of Five: Leaders at the Center of the Conservative Crusade

About the Author

Clint Bolick is the vice president and national director of the Institute for Justice. He is widely considered the nation's foremost legal expert on school vouchers and tax credits. He lives and works in Washington, D.C

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  • File Size: 873 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1930865384
  • Publisher: Cato Institute (February 19, 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YW6M02
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,183,854 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hooray for Clint Bolick and School Choice! September 24, 2003
Format:Hardcover
As a product of Cleveland's public school system, I can attest to its dismal state of affairs.
To say that poor, inner-city students in Cleveland were not receiving a quality education would be like saying that Michael Jordan is good at basketball. The school district did not meet any of the 18 performance standards set for it, and only one in ten 9th graders could pass a basic proficiency exam. In 1995, three years after I graduated from high school, a federal judge placed the school district in state receivership.
The Ohio state legislature subsequently enacted the Cleveland Scholarship Program to provide scholarships and tutoring assistance to children residing in the Cleveland City School District. The program allows both private and public schools in adjacent districts to accept scholarship students by lottery, with low-income students receiving priority if the number of applicants supercedes the number of scholarships, while participating schools agree not to discriminate on the basic of race, religion, or ethnic background.
In Zelman v. Simmons-Harris, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Cleveland's scholarship program, giving a huge victory to poor students longing for a quality education and poor parents who want them to have a chance at a better future. Attorney Clint Bolick and his outstanding legal team helped to make school choice a legal sanctioned reality.
In "Voucher Wars," Bolick recounts his 12-year roller coaster ride to give disadvantaged schoolchildren a chance at a better future. That struggle began with the nation's first school choice program in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1990 and culminated with the 2002 Supreme Court decision in Zelman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Examining landmark educational cases May 15, 2003
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Voucher Wars: Waging The Legal Battle Over School Choice considers the legal battles over school choice and the underlying issues of failing public schools, examining landmark educational cases and the 12-year struggle to provide families with real choices in educational quality. Bolick began and nurtured the legal battle for school choice for underprivileged children: Voucher Wars outlines the issues.
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