Patrick J. Wolf
Existing body of research on the impact of school vouchers is both deep and broad.
Students in the sample weren’t even participating in school-voucher programs
Scholars review the research on statewide programs
School voucher programs, which allow eligible families to send their children to private schools with the help of public funds, have sparked controversy since the first such initiative was launched in Milwaukee in 1991. Today, 28 states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) operate 54 private-school-choice programs, which include not only government-issued vouchers but also […]
A review of “On the Same Track” by Carol Corbett Burris
Lubienskis’ conclusions rely on flawed research design
Do voucher schools serve students with disabilities?
Lawmakers threaten D.C. scholarships despite evidence of benefits
Schools of choice boost civic values
Illustration by Elizabeth Lada. In a recent report for the Abell Foundation, Kalman R. Hettleman documented the troubled history of special education in the Baltimore public school system. He attributed the failure to “the compliance maze” that special education teachers and administrators face, which consists of “ever-proliferating procedures, forms to be filled out, micro-managed administrative […]
Rules preventing participating schools from having specific admissions policies and requirements that schools take state standardized tests both reduce the likelihood that private schools say they will participate in voucher programs.
New evidence from America’s longest-running voucher program
Evidence from an experimental study
We do not find any evidence that private school voucher students are either less or more likely to vote in presidential elections than students educated in public schools.
We conducted six formal statistical tests of the hypothesis that school choice test score impacts reliably predict future attainment impacts. Five of the tests did not support the hypothesis. We have subjected our initial findings to a variety of robustness tests, all of which they passed.
Newspeak plays a central role in the latest Center for American Progress (CAP) broadside against the idea of low-income parents choosing private schools for their children .
We should judge Milwaukee’s voucher program and the schools that participate in it on the totality of that evidence, not on crude correlations.
Students in public charter schools receive $5,721 or 29% less in average per-pupil revenue than students in traditional public schools.
My colleagues and I just released a meta-analysis of 19 “gold standard” experimental evaluations of the test-score effects of private school choice programs around the world.
Policymakers seeking to improve the quantity and quality of educational options for families through private school choice programs should consider the opinions of the school leaders poised to serve those customers.
Our finding that charter school sectors in all 28 states that we study demonstrate higher productivity and/or return on investment than their traditional public school sectors has ruffled some feathers at the National School Boards Association.
Across all 28 states in the study, public charter school sectors were more cost effective and/or generated a higher return on investment (ROI) than traditional public schools
Last week President Obama announced a five-year, $200 million charitable initiative called My Brother’s Keeper to help young African American men.
There is no evidence that private schools in the Milwaukee voucher program discriminate against students with disabilities, but there is a great deal of misunderstanding about what the law requires.
Even in the face of substantial program attrition, students who were in the MPCP in 9th grade in 2006 graduated from high school, enrolled in college, and persisted in college at rates higher than similar students in Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS)
Diane Ravitch is angry. She is upset because parental school choice is thriving in Milwaukee.