Facts About Vouchers

Are Private Voucher Schools Accountable?

Incidents of corruption, mismanagement and poor planning have prompted 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. But, 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. For example, in Cleveland, during the 2000 legislative session, state Senator C.J. Prentiss (D-Cleveland) sponsored a bill that would have required the OH Department of Education to make at least one annual on-site inspection of participating schools. While the bill passed in the Senate, the House Education Committee did not vote on it.2

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