While some citizens may think that using a state-funded voucher program can be detrimental to communities and municipal systems, a recent survey from the Beacon Center of Tennessee and Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice has shown that the majority of Tennessee residents are in support of a statewide voucher system to help fund private school education.
According to the poll, nearly 60 percent of Tennessee voters are in support of school voucher programs, much like the ones that were recently passed in Indiana and Louisiana and expanded in Arizona.
The survey also claims that the most frequent answers voters gave as to why they support the use of a voucher program were "choice," "flexibility," and "freedom." Since 1990, when Milwaukee, Wisconsin adopted a voucher program for low-income students, the use of the system has increased in popularity, especially recently as many states are beginning to consider the efficiency of this type of approach.
"Tennesseans' support for school choice is part of a nationwide movement for educational freedom," said Robert Enlow, president and CEO of the Indiana-based Friedman Foundation and former Tennessean. "In Louisiana and Indiana, voters wanted school choice and they got it in a big way. I hope Tennessee families are afforded these same life-changing opportunities."
While Tennessee may not currently have any legislation in the congressional pipeline that supports a voucher program, private schools in states such as Arizona, Louisiana or Indiana that have newly appointed or expanded programs may want to invest in an upgraded software for private schools . As these schools will most likely see an upswing in attendance, being able to maintain an accurate assessment of funds and student information is vital for optimal functionality.
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