Fact Sheets: The Truth About Vouchers

Are Private Voucher Schools Accountable?

Incidents of corruption, mismanagement and poor planning have spurred not only voucher opponents, but some supporters as well, to call for greater public accountability for academic outcomes and fiscal planning in voucher schools. Private schools generally do not have to comply with open records laws, open their books to the public, or report school achievement data. For example, an overwhelming majority of taxpayers polled in Milwaukee and Cleveland-whether or not they support vouchers-believe voucher schools should be required to report the results of annual audits, budget decisions and status, teacher qualifications, curriculum, standardized test scores, teaching methods and more.1 Yet pro-voucher advocates and legislators continue to block accountability measures.

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