Republican ideology is conflicted over vouchers.
In 1955, Libertarian Milton Friedman (University of Chicago, 1976 Nobel Prize winner in economics), wrote “The Role of Government in Education,” where he said that government should fund schooling but not run schools.
Friedman proposed that government supply vouchers to every family so every student could attend a school of choice (like they do in Sweden — known for its great social programs). Friedman suggests that government give money to schools for every student in this country with no oversight, accountability, or requirements for using/spending taxpayer dollars.
Realistically, governments will not support Friedman’s desire to give taxpayer dollars to schools without any regulation. We see this in the criteria that the Douglas County School Board has already set for private schools receiving voucher money. If you look at other states where vouchers have been implemented, the rules and regulations continue to expand the longer the voucher system is in place.
The Republican platform clearly supports voucher programs in order to undermine teachers unions. However, the Freidman voucher system contradicts two other important Republican planks: 1) vouchers increase the tax burden for property owners by increasing the total number of students that taxpayers must support, and 2) vouchers create a need for more government regulation and staff to manage the program and oversee the schools receiving voucher money. This means that the Republican planks for smaller government and free markets are completely compromised in order to implement a voucher program.