School vouchers can help students succeed. They raise awareness for that school which could easily increase it's income. Things like bake sales, girl scouts, boy scouts, will get more heard and known by those around the community. People who do not have kids may hear about the school through them and help out.
The voucher system, however it may be run, puts pressure on under-performing schools to improve their education, or risk losing funding. This increase in the quality of education benefits the students, and their families, and the school district. In fact, pretty much anywhere, making it competitive is a great way of improving it. The best way to make a segment of industry or the public sector successful is to Balkanize it.
Yes, I think that by allowing students to have a choice when it comes to their education can help those students succeed, and the best way implement this is through the voucher system. By granting students vouchers, it can help them attend a school that is succeeding rather than failing which will also help the student.
Well, several to be frank. The first is that if school vouchers are allowed to be used for religious schools, this means that public funds are being used for religious institutions violating the separation of church and state.
The second is school crowding. If parents are allowed to simply choose any school for their child, how long until the "best" schools are no longer "best", from overcrowding and an influx of students with behavioral issues from other districts?
How long until parents who paid a premium to live in better suburbs and school districts feel disenfranchised and discriminated against?
It's unfair to those tasked with providing public education to be funded at a similar level as those that provide education selectively. Admission and participation standards are set at selective participation institutions at a level to which providing the education on a per student basis is far too bias from a cost perspective against the public school system.
Unfortunately in the USA school vouchers have not shown any evidence of helping students succeed. Maybe this is because the areas in which public schools are bad also have bad private schools. Usually I like market-based solutions but unfortunately on this issue the evidence is just not there. Vouchers don't help.