Private school vouchers open faith options for kids of color


              A classroom building housing upper grades at Phoenix Christian School PreK-8 in Phoenix, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022. School choice — allowing public funds to pay for private school tuition and other education costs instead of only financing public schools — has become another front in the partisan battles over education this election season. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Students participate in a physical education class at Phoenix Christian School PreK-8 in Phoenix, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Diamond Figueroa, a sixth grader at Phoenix Christian School PreK-8, talks about her experience at the school during physical education class in Phoenix, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022. “Everyone here is so much nicer and welcoming," she said. “I am not afraid to ask questions.” (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Jill Voss, physical education teacher and athletic director at Phoenix Christian School PreK-8, leads a class on campus in Phoenix, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022. Voss is using tuition assistance to send her three children to Phoenix Christian School PreK-8. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Principal Ryan Groen talks to students at Phoenix Christian School PreK-8 in Phoenix, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022. School choice allows taxpayer money to pay for private school tuition instead of only financing public schools. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Principal Ryan Groen talks about the student experience at Phoenix Christian School PreK-8 in Phoenix, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022. School choice allows taxpayer money to pay for private school tuition instead of only financing public schools. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Students listen to their teacher during a class at Phoenix Christian School PreK-8 in Phoenix, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022. School choice allows taxpayer money to pay for private school tuition instead of only financing public schools. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Kindergarten teacher Lynola Vis reads a book in class at Phoenix Christian School PreK-8 in Phoenix, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022. School choice allows taxpayer money to pay for private school tuition instead of only financing public schools. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Annii Kinepoway pauses during a prayer in the bleachers at St. Marcus Lutheran School during the school's morning prayer Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022, in Milwaukee. Annii’s mother could only afford this educational opportunity because of school choice programs. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
            
              Annii Kinepoway cleans the bleachers at St. Marcus Lutheran School during the school's morning prayer as part of her leadership task Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022, in Milwaukee. Annii’s mother could only afford this educational opportunity because of school choice programs. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
            
              Annii Kinepoway pauses for a prayer in the bleachers at St. Marcus Lutheran School during the school's morning prayer Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
            
              St. Marcus Lutheran School superintendent Henry Tyson poses for a picture at the school Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022, in Milwaukee. “Parents send their kids to St. Marcus because they're frustrated with schools where their kids are failing,” Tyson said. "We want kids to know they’re redeemed children of God. It’s transformative for their sense of self.” (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
            
              Lorena Ramirez poses with her daughter Citlalli outside St. Anthony School Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022, in Milwaukee. School choice allows taxpayer money to pay for private school tuition instead of only financing public schools. “It’s a huge difference because it’s a support in faith and in values,” said Ramirez, whose four children attend St. Anthony, walking distance from home on Milwaukee's south side. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
            
              Lorena Ramirez poses with her daughter Citlalli outside St. Anthony School Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022, in Milwaukee. School choice allows taxpayer money to pay for private school tuition instead of only financing public schools. “It’s a huge difference because it’s a support in faith and in values,” said Ramirez, whose four children attend St. Anthony, walking distance from home on Milwaukee's south side. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)