When India included a voucher program in last year’s Right to Education Act, which mandates free, compulsory education for all Indian children between the ages of six and 14, school choice advocates everywhere applauded. After all, about 30 million poor kids would eventually get government vouchers that they could spend on private school tuition. A Wall Street Journal column hailed the voucher component as “nothing short of a revolution in school choice.” The Indian magazine Education World declared that the government had “launched one of the boldest education schemes in the world.” Sadly, reports Reason Foundation Senior Analyst Shikha Dalmia, such jubilation is unwarranted because the voucher program, promising though it appears, comes with regulations that would actually cripple the private school market.
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