Progressive school choice - Progressive vouchers
Mark Loewe, Libertarian, for Congress, United States Representative, District 35, Texas, progressive vouchers, progressive school choice
Resolution on progressive school choice, 19 March 2020

Progressive vouchers are the best way to maximize the public education funds available to any child, 29 October 2003

Provisions for legislative implementation of progressive school choice, 4 January 2003

Progressive school choice (Progressive vouchers), 25 December 2000

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

Progressive school choice benefits nearly everyone, 4 August 1998


Mark Loewe devised progressive school choice (progressive vouchers) during the 1980's to attract tens-of-billions of additional private dollars per year into our nationwide K-to-12 education system (billions of additional private dollars per year into Texas' K-to-12 education system) and to nearly maximize the amount of public education funds available for any child.

Progressive school choice would provide voucher schools with public funds equal to, say, 75 percent of the public funds that government schools receive per weighted child and allow voucher schools to charge tuition but further reduce a voucher school's public funds by, say, 25 percent of any private funds the voucher school is fortunate enough to attract.

For example, if in a given school district government schools receive 10,000 public dollars (per weighted child per year), then voucher schools that receive no private dollars would receive 7,500 public dollars, voucher schools that receive 400 private dollars would receive 7,400 public dollars, voucher schools that receive 800 private dollars would receive 7,300 public dollars, and so on; the government would save $2,500, $2,600, $2,700, and so on:

                      Private    Public     Combined     District
                      dollars    dollars    dollars      savings

  Government schools             10,000                       0

  Voucher schools          0  +   7,500  =   7,500        2,500
        "                400  +   7,400  =   7,800        2,600
        "                800  +   7,300  =   8,100        2,700
        "              1,200  +   7,200  =   8,400        2,800
        "              1,600  +   7,100  =   8,700        2,900
        "              2,000  +   7,000  =   9,000        3,000
        "              2,400  +   6,900  =   9,300        3,100
        "              2,800  +   6,800  =   9,600        3,200
        "              3,200  +   6,700  =   9,900        3,300
        "              3,600  +   6,600  =  10,200        3,400
        "              4,000  +   6,500  =  10,500        3,500
        "               ...        ...        ...          ...
        "              6,000  +   6,000  =  12,000        4,000
        "              8,000  +   5,500  =  13,500        4,500
        "             10,000  +   5,000  =  15,000        5,000
        "             12,000  +   4,500  =  16,500        5,500
        "             14,000  +   4,000  =  18,000        6,000
        "             16,000  +   3,500  =  19,500        6,500
        "             18,000  +   3,000  =  21,000        7,000
        "             20,000  +   2,500  =  22,500        7,500
        "             22,000  +   2,000  =  24,000        8,000
        "             24,000  +   1,500  =  25,500        8,500
        "             26,000  +   1,000  =  27,000        9,000
        "             28,000  +     500  =  28,500        9,500
  Voucher schools     30,000  +       0  =  30,000       10,000

  Private schools                     0                  10,000

In 1990, Dr. Loewe discussed educational and fiscal benefits of progressive school choice and of allowing children to permanently keep their textbooks with Dr. Ursula von der Leyen, current President of the European Commission.  Dr. von der Leyen invited Dr. Loewe to visit her and her husband in Hanover.
      In 1991, Dr. Loewe began to inform state and federal legislators and education officials about progressive school choice.
      In 1994, Dr. Loewe began to testify before Texas legislative committees on the fiscal benefits of progressive vouchers.
      Around 1997, the Legislative Budget Board prepared a report on Dr. Loewe's proposal at the request of Representative Robert Junell (D-San Angelo), Chair of the Texas House Appropriations Committee.
      In 1999, the Texas Legislative Council drafted a "progressive voucher plan" bill based on Dr. Loewe's proposal at the request of Dr. Byron Schlomach, Legislative Director for Representative Kent Grusendorf (R-Arlington).  (The draft bill was not introduced.)
      In 1999, 2001, and 2003, Robert Enlow, current President and CEO of EdChoice, invited Dr. Loewe to meet with Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman, the "Father" of school vouchers.  Professor Friedman very much liked progressive vouchers.