BUSINESSWEEK ONLINE : FEBRUARY 7, 2000 ISSUE
COVER STORY

Vouchers: The Tussle Continues


FLORIDA
Last fall, Florida became first in the nation to offer vouchers statewide for students in ''failing'' schools--only two this year. Opponents are suing to stop it.

CLEVELAND
In December, a federal judge ruled the city's taxpayer-funded voucher program unconstitutional. Started in 1995, the program continues for nearly 4,000 children while the state appeals. Cleveland was first to allow vouchers to be used for parochial schools.

MILWAUKEE
More than 8,000 children attend private schools with taxpayer funds. The state Supreme Court found the program constitutional in 1998.

MAINE/VERMONT
Federal appeals court upholds decision excluding religious schools from a long-standing tuition program in Maine aimed at rural students. Vermont Supreme Court also rules that state's tuition program may not be expanded to include parochial schools.

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