Education savings accounts by any other name …

The headline on the story in today’s newspaper about the attorney general asking the state Supreme Court to expedite the appeal of the injunction blocking the start for legislatively approved education savings accounts (ESAs) calls them vouchers. So does the refer hed on the cover of the B section.

But nowhere in the story is the word voucher ever used.

In fact, backers of the ESAs have insisted they are not vouchers.

In fact, the newspaper’s interim editor — in a column in August when he was the senior editorial writer — has said ESAs are not vouchers.

“ESAs are not vouchers,” Glenn Cook wrote. “ESAs are controlled by parents, not the state. Once state money is transferred into the accounts, it’s no longer the public’s money, and as such it’s perfectly constitutional for parents to choose to spend the money at a religious school.”

The term voucher is the word that the opponents of ESAs insist on using.

Memo to editors: ESAs are not vouchers. Got it?


6 comments on “Education savings accounts by any other name …

  1. nyp says:

    It’s a voucher. You can call it whatever you wish for your own political purposes and because the word “vouchers” doesn’t poll well.
    But it’s a voucher.

  2. Steve says:

    Vouchers go directly to the institution and are only for tuition.

    ESA money goes to the parents and may be used in many ways other than paying for tuition.

    Vouchers, are not ESA’s

  3. nyp says:

    you guys are really scared of the term “vouchers.” That is why you undertake Orwellian contortions to call your voucher system something other than a voucher system.

  4. Steve says:

    Sure, a difference which makes a difference is a difference.

  5. Steve says:

    feigning ignorance does not become you

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