Facts About Vouchers

Endnotes

  1. “Choice School Accountability: A Consensus of Views in Ohio & Wisconsin,,” Public Policy Forum, February 1998, p. 14.
  2. John McCarthy, “Sponsor Wants to Keep Gun Bill’s Focus Narrow,” Associated press State and Local Wire, January 11, 2000; Ohio State Legislative Hotline, August 30, 2001.
  3. “An Evaluation: Milwaukee Parental Choice Program,” Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau, February 2000, Letter of Transmittal, State of Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau, from Janice Mueller, State Auditor, to Senator Gary George and Rep. Carol Kelso, Co-chairpersons, Joint Legislative Audit Committee, pp. 1, 33.
  4. “An Evaluation: Milwaukee Parental Choice Program,” Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau, February 2000, Appendix VIII, State of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction correspondence from John Benson, State Superintendent to Janice Mueller, State Auditor, January 25, 2000.
  5. DPI Information: Audit Highlights Important Information about Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, February 2, 2000.
  6. DPI Information: Benson Memo Urges Governor, Legislators to Make Choice Program Accountable. February 14, 2001.
  7. Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, Fifth Year Report, John Witte, December 1995, Executive Summary p. 1.
  8. 2001-03 Wisconsin State Budget. Summary of Governor’s Budget Recommendations. Legislative Fiscal Bureau, March 2001, pp. 551-52.
  9. “Joint Finance Committee completes action on DPI issues; State budget set to move forward,” Wisconsin Education Association Council Budget Summary, accessed June 2001, available http://www.weac.org/Capitol/2000-01/june01/jfcsummary.htm.
  10. August 19, 1999 Complaint of the People For the American Way Foundation and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, d/b/a “Partners for Public Education,” September 30, 1999.
  11. ibid.
  12. ibid.
  13. “An Evaluation: Milwaukee Parental Choice Program,” Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau, February 2000, p. 57.
  14. “An Evaluation: Milwaukee Parental Choice Program,” Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau, February 2000, p. 57; “School Closed after City Finds Building, Fire Violations,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 11, 1999.
  15. “Final Applicant Denied Funds Will Get Money,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, October 20, 2000; “Choice School Found to be Empty Promise,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, September 23, 2000.
  16. “Choice School Found to be Empty Promise,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, September 23, 2000.
  17. Phone conversation with Tricia Collins, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, July 2002; Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP), Number of Choice Students Enrolled by School in 2001-02; Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP), List of Schools for 2002-03. Reports available at http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/, accessed July 2002.
  18. “Choice School’s CEO, a Convicted Rapist, Sentenced for Fraud,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 4, 2000.
  19. Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, Participating Private Schools, 2000-01 School Year, available at http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/dpi/dfm/sms/schlst00.html accessed June 2001.
  20. “Preschool Receives State Funding,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, October 13, 2000; “Final Applicant Denied Funds Will Get Money,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, October 20, 2000; “State Taking a Harder Line on Milwaukee Choice Schools,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, September 21, 2000; “3 Choice School Applications Rejected,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, September 26, 2000; “State Approves 2 More Choice Schools,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, October 17,2000.
  21. State of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Memo: From John T. Benson, State Superintendent, to Governor Scott McCallum, Members, Wisconsin Senate, Members, Wisconsin Assembly. Subject: DPI Responsibilities in the Administration of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. Date: February 14, 2001.
  22. State Oks Funds for 6 Choice Schools,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, October 12, 2000.
  23. “The Cleveland Voucher Program: Who Chooses? Who Gets Chosen? Who Pays?” A Report by the American Federation of Teachers, 1997, p. 25.
  24. “Voucher Schools: The Inside Story,” Eric Gunn, OnWEAC, Sept. 1996, p. 3
  25. “An Evaluation: Milwaukee Parental Choice Program,” Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau, February 2000, p. 23.
  26. “Some Fear Stricter Rules Would Cripple Program,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, February 6, 1996.
  27. “Target: Public Education,” by Barbara Miner, The Nation, November 30, 1998.
  28. 1999 Assembly Bill 534, 1999-2000 Legislature, LRB 2235/2, p. 2; “Legislation Calls for Access, Accountability,” Rethinking Schools, Winter 1999/2000, p. 22.
  29. “Committee Rejects Cut in School Vouchers,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 31, 2001; Motion #883: Public Instruction—Choice, Charter and Open Enrollment, introduced by Senator Russ Decker, May 2001.
  30. Press Release from the Office of State Rep. Christine Sinicki. “Sinicki Anti-Discrimination Law Could Pass in Budget,” June 13, 2001; Legislative Fiscal Bureau, “2001-03 Wisconsin State Budget: Comparative Summary Of Budget Provisions,” July 25, 2001. See section “Education and Building Program,” pp. 132-134. Available at: http://www.legis.state.wi.us/lfb/2001-03budgedocuments/ConferenceCommittee/ConferenceCommittee.htm, accessed July 27, 2001.
  31. Cleveland Scholarship and Tutoring Program, Audit done by Deloitte & Touche LLP, Cleveland, Ohio, September 1997, pp. 13, 10 (for estimates of transportation costs).
  32. “Petro Issues Special Audit of Cleveland Voucher Program,” Press Release, Jim Petro, Auditor of State, State of Ohio, January 5, 1999.
  33. It costs the city schools about $500 per student per year for transportation. The costs for the city to transport voucher students exceeded that amount for the reasons mentioned. No specific cost estimates were available. Telephone conversation with the Transportation Division of the Cleveland Municipal School District, September 20, 2001; Piet van Lier and Caitlin Scott, “Fewer Choices, Longer Commutes for Black Voucher Students,” Catalyst For Cleveland Schools, October/November 2001.
  34. David W. Martin, “Plaid Skirt Welfare: While the Supreme Court Rips the Legislature for Going Cheap on Public Schools, Ohio Leads the Nation in Private School Subsidies,” Clevalndscene.com, November 29, 2001, available at: http://www.clevelandscene.com/issues/2001-11-29/feature.html.
  35. Cleveland Scholarship and Tutoring Program student count for program by grade as of December 1, 1999; “Murderer on Staff of State-Funded Private School,” Plain Dealer, July 1, 1999.
  36. Oh Department of Education, August 2001.
  37. “Murderer on Staff of State-Funded Private School,” Plain Dealer, July 1, 1999.
  38. “Cleveland Scholarship and Tutoring Program Islamic Academy School of Arts and Sciences Special Audit Report,” State of Ohio, Office of the Auditor, July 1, 1996 through June 30, 1999, executive summary and pp. 7, 11-12.
  39. “Ohio Department of Education Will Use Audit Report of Islamic Academic to Pursue Restitution of Voucher Monies,” Press Release, Ohio Department of Education, January 6, 2000.
  40. Mark Vosburgh, “Voucher Backers Repay Funds: State Says School Got Tuition For No-Shows,” Cleveland Plain Dealer, January 14, 2000.
  41. “Voucher school relies of videos as teachers,” Plain Dealer, July 10, 1999.
  42. “Ohio Department of Education Revokes Voucher Privileges,” Press Release, Oh Department of Education, September 29, 1999.
  43. “Voucher Schools May Change: Akron businessman says he will convert academies to charter programs in order to qualify for more state aid,” Akron Beacon Journal, June 25, 1999.
  44. “Private School Student Allegedly Bound, Gagged: Parents of Hope Academy Want to Know How Far is Too Far,” News Net 5, June 28, 1999.
  45. “A Voucher Plan Full of Holes,” St. Petersburg Times, March 28, 1999.
  46. “Legislature: Senate Rejects Income Requirement for Vouchers,” Associated Press, April 16, 1999.
  47. “State Refuses to Release School Vouchers Test Scores,” Tampa Tribune, June 9, 2000.
  48. Fla. Stat. §229.0537 (4)-(5)
  49. Daniel Grech, “For Private Schools, Opportunity is at Hand,” Miami Herald, June 17, 2002.
  50. “DOE Looks the Other Way,” St. Petersburg Times, October 7, 2001.
  51. Stephen Hegarty, “Parents Rue Their School Choice: Some Parents Withdraw Their Special-Needs Children From a Private School That Took State Vouchers,” St. Petersburg Times, October 3, 2001.
  52. Stephen Hegarty, “Voucher Complaints Chase Pair,” St. Petersburg Times, April 7, 2002; “Editorial: A Bad Apple,” St. Petersburg Times, October 29, 2001.
  53. “Editorial: Voucher Blindness,” Gainesville Sun, October 18, 2001.
  54. Lona O’Connor, “Control Limited in State Voucher Program,” Sun Sentinel, October 14, 2001.
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