Tuesday, March 24, 2009

School Vouchers Proven Helpful

School Choice Illinois posted about a study that shows the positive effects of vouchers on public schools. The study is from the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. With all the evidence, we need to stimulate changes within our public schools. Children are failing at alarming rates...and they need our help!
Empirical evidence shows school vouchers have positive effect on public schools

A newly published report collects all available empirical studies on how school vouchers affect academic achievement in public schools. The conclusion finds that the school choice programs improve public schools in a variety of ways such as racial integration, fiscal impact and academic achievement.

For instance, “A Win-Win Solution: The Empirical Evidence on How Vouchers Affect Public Schools,” authored by Greg Forster, Ph.D., took a total of 17 empirical studies, which have examined how vouchers affect academic achievement in public schools, and found that 16 showed that vouchers improved public schools. The remaining study found no visible impact on public schools.

Click here to download a copy of the full report from the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice.

1 comment:

Democracy Lover said...

Given that the Friedman of the Friedman Foundation is the late Milton Friedman, this may not be the most reliable and unbiased study on the topic. Professor Friedman was a key proponent of privatization and any other method to destroy the public school system.

It is probably impossible to obtain research from a source that both sides would agree is unbiased. What is clear is that both charter schools and vouchers are admissions of failure - the failure to solve the problems of our public school systems. Unfortunately both these approaches have the effect of lowering funding for public schools and siphoning off the best students from the system. The result is a further weakening of the system and a further blow to the education of all American children.