Voucher Bill Considered
During Alabamas 2000 legislative session, an educational voucher bill was introduced but died in committee. This legislation was named the Student Opportunity Scholarship Program, also known as the SOS Program.
If passed, this voucher proposal would have permitted public school students in districts not meeting state academic standards to transfer to a public, private, parochial, church, or home school, or a private tutor. However, attending a home school is not one of the educational options for complying with the compulsory attendance law of Alabama. Parents teaching their children at home do so either by enrollment in a church school or through the services of a private tutor. A home school is nowhere defined in Alabama law. Accordingly, it was uncertain how this voucher bill would be applied to students being taught at home by their parents.
HSLDA has long opposed any type of voucher system whereby parents receive state money in the education of their children. State funding for education inevitably leads to state control of education, and loss of freedom is a high price parents must pay in receiving state funds to educate their children. Instead, HSLDA believes that parents should be able to keep more of their hard-earned money through income tax credits in order to have more money to spend for their childrens education. Dewitt T. Black