Cockeyed variant of progressive vouchers proposed by former U. S. Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich

Mark Loewe, Ph. D. Physics, Austin, Texas

I sent material on progressive vouchers to former U. S. Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich months before September 2000.

Unlike progressive vouchers, the variant proposed in "The Case for 'Progressive' Vouchers", Robert B. Reich, Wall Street Journal, 6 September 2000, would trouble governments to define and measure incomes of individual families and impose large, involuntary reductions of voucher amounts as family income percentile increases.

Although many refinements and variants of progressive vouchers are worth consideration, Professor Reich's variant is so cockeyed that, under it, a government school would receive less public education funds to educate four children from a high income family than to educate one child from a low income family.

Professor Reich's variant also does not provide even slightly higher voucher amounts for handicapped children, does not provide even slightly higher amounts of public education funds (per weighted child) to government schools than to voucher schools, and does not provide even slightly higher amounts of public education funds to voucher schools that are not fortunate enough to attract additional private funds than to voucher schools that are fortunate enough to attract additional private funds.