Tag Archives: school vouchers

School Choice Deniers

The Wall Street Journal sets the record straight on what the best available research says about the efficacy of school vouchers. A meta-analysis last year by the Friedman Foundation found that 14 of 18 empirical studies analyzing programs in which students were chosen at random by lottery found positive academic outcomes. Two demonstrated no visibleContinue Reading

Research on vouchers

In this article, Michigan State University professor Joshua Cowen does a nice job of summarizing empirical research on voucher programs.  Cowen writes, All of this is to say that when it comes to educating kids, what we know about school vouchers depends on what we ask. And what we ask should be informed not onlyContinue Reading

Family is thankful for the Opportunity Scholarship Program

A News & Observer letter to the editor “that got overrun by other issues” is well worth reading.  

Judge declares vouchers for low-income children unconstitutional

This morning, Superior Court Judge Hobgood ruled that the Opportunity Scholarship Program is unconstitutional. He claims that the program does not serve a public purpose and creates an unequal, supposedly unaccountable, system of schools. Let’s look back.  The action began in February when Judge Robert Hobgood issued an injunction that halted the state’s Opportunity ScholarshipContinue Reading

First impressions of the voucher lawsuit

I am not an attorney.  I don’t play one on TV.  I didn’t stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.  I didn’t fight the law, only to see it win.  You get the idea. But I was interested to read comments from an attorney for the plaintiffs challenging North Carolina’s voucher programs for specialContinue Reading

New study of the DC voucher program

In an article published in the Spring 2013 issue of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, University of Arkansas professor Patrick J. Wolf and his colleagues examined student performance data for students who were selected and students who were denied a voucher as a result of a lottery selection process.  Wolf et al concluded,Continue Reading

Parents voting with their feet in Indiana

According to an article in Huffpost Education, Enrollment in Indiana’s school voucher program has more than doubled in the program’s second year, the state Department of Education announced Tuesday. In the current 2012-2013 school year, 9,324 families signed up to participate in the Choice Scholarship Program, up from 3,919 last year. Interestingly, state education superintendentContinue Reading