John H. Jackson at Shanker Institute Event on Vouchers and Education

Wednesday September 13, 2017 12:00 pm EDT –

Policy proposals to use public funds for private school tuition have a long history in the United States. Over the last twenty-five years, small voucher programs have been established in several states and in Washington, D.C. But the voucher issue took on a new importance after the election of Donald Trump, given his campaign promise to establish a $20 billion national voucher program. Since her appointment as Trump’s Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos has been an active partisan of national vouchers.

As Congress considers the Trump-DeVos proposals for a national voucher program, what can we learn from the history of vouchers and from the research on the performance of voucher systems? From a variety of perspectives, our panel will address this question.


  • John Jackson, President and CEO, Schott Foundation for Public Education
  • Martin Carnoy, Vida Jacks Professor of Education, Stanford Graduate School of Education
  • Deirdre Cobb-Roberts, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator Social Foundations, Department of Educational and Psychological Studies College of Education, University of South Florida
  • Ning Rui, Senior Study Director, Westat

Albert Shanker Institute
555 New Jersey Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001