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.
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:
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