Vouchers

 

As a nation, we must be focused on ensuring that all children have equal access to an opportunity to learn regardless of where they live, which is why the National Opportunity to Learn Campaign supports investing in systemic solutions in public education, not pouring taxpayer dollars into highly flawed schemes such as voucher programs.

 

The privatization of public education through vouchers means that public dollars are used to support private schools (including, in some proposals, religious schools), which often discriminate against students with physical and learning disabilities and English language learners, some of our most vulnerable students—and which have limited accountability.

 

Repeatedly, research has shown that voucher programs don’t improve students’ educational outcomes. Instead, they siphon off public dollars into programs that benefit a limited number of children, and don’t deliver promised academic gains.

 


Use the resources on this page to help better understand the issue and what’s at stake for our children, and our nation.


New National Report Exposes Voucher Flaws:

The Center on Education Policy recently conducted a national review of a decade of research. The CEP’s report, “Keeping Informed about School Vouchers: A Review of Major Developments and Research,” includes these key findings:

 

  • Low-income students who switched schools using a voucher program have shown no significant difference in academic achievement than their public school peers.
  • Greater scrutiny of voucher research is needed to help ensure that studies are objective. In its review, the CEP team found that many of the newer voucher studies have been conducted or sponsored by voucher proponents.
  • Initially created to aid low-income students in low-performing urban school districts, some newer voucher programs – such as those in Indiana, Wisconsin and Douglas County, Colo. – are open to middle-income and suburban families.
     
Download the full report here>

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Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus: The Truth About Vouchers
 

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