In my new-member-welcome thread, these questions were asked with the intent, I assume, of gauging or understanding what I mean when I say I'm conservative. I'm replying to this here because, hopefully, it will get more interest in budget and taxes (since Doug1943's question asks about tax implications) than in my own welcome thread. First off, there is no mention of education in the Constitution. It is not an enumerated power of the Federal Government so the Federal Government is therefore, by the 10th Amendment, explicitly forbidden from getting involved in education. So, let's agree first that the only potential authority over education is in the hands of the States. So the two remaining questions on the table are: Can the taxes paid by those without children can be used to pay for the education of those who choose to have children? Are government vouchers an acceptable way to pay for education as an alternative to assignment to schools with no choice? 1. The 10th Amendment reserves to the States all power not explicitly granted to the Federal Government or explicitly banned to the States. The Constitution does not ban the States from running education so it's up to the States, individually, to choose to run or not run education within their own borders. So, yes, it's legal and it's constitutional. Is it smart? No, it's not. Can you name a single program run by government that is run well, efficiently, in a productive and cost effective manner? I don't think so. Are our children of so little value that we give them the worst possible education? Would we search for and choose the worst dentist or doctor for them? When deciding in whose home we might let them spend the night, do we search out those parents who are crack addicts? Of course not. Why would we choose the worst possible education provider for them? 2. Should the government take all of your pay and provide you vouchers for grocery shopping? Vouchers for government approved health care? When the government takes your money first and gives some of it back so you can spend it at approved providers, you still have no choice. There was a strong push against vouchers because the left claimed they violate some fictional separation of church and state but the Supreme Court ruled they did not. The Court continues to rely on the non-existent separation doctrine, at least they did not apply it in the case of school vouchers. A far better solution to education is for government to leave the money in the hands of those who earned it and allow them the freedom to choose how to educate their own children. The free market is an amazing thing. Even the poorest can band together, joining resources and finances, to create and fund their own schools. In the school year for 2015-2016, the average spent per child was $12,330 for the school year. The average student spent 6.5 hours a day for 180 days, or a total of 1170 hours, in school for the school year. That means we spent $10.53 per school hour per school student. In 2015, the average teacher in the US made $58,064 in wages. To pay the teacher that wage, it takes 4.71 (round to 5 since we can't divide the child) students. I am confident that for $58,064 per year you can buy, rent, or build a building to house 15 to 25 students. I am confident that, for another $58,064 per year you can buy books and supplies 15 to 25 students. Just 15 children are enough to fund a community or neighborhood school quite well. The only thing missing in this equation is the giant school administration system. The solution: let parents run the school system for their own children. Of course the liberal response to parents running an education system is how can they possibly manage to succeed at it? They most assuredly cannot do worse or as bad as government schools where US students, in 2015, were 38th in the world in math. In contrast, home schooled children outperform both public and private school children in standardized testing and private school children outperform public schools. Get parents in control of their own private schools and the results will be, at worst, similar to private schools today and, at best, closer to the results of home schooled children.