June 27, 2002

READER HARRY HELMS offers this slant on the voucher decision:

Wonder if all the cultural conservatives applauding today’s Supreme Court decision on vouchers realize this means their tax dollars can now be used to support students attending Islamic madrasas? And what will be the reaction of those same conservatives when they learn about vouchers being used by parents who want to give their children an education in an “Islamic-based environment”?

Stay tuned. This decision is going to have a LOT of interesting ramifications.

Well, but at least they’ll have to say the Pledge of Allegiance. . . .

UPDATE: Here’s an old Jonathan Rauch article from Reason on unforeseen consequences of vouchers. I think that these fears have resonance only to the extent that voucher schools get no oversight, which I see as unlikely.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Eugene Volokh has blogged a reply to Helms.