Vouchers do not improve academic success

Voucher proponents claim that vouchers will be the salvation of low-income minority children who are forced, through no fault of their own, to attend dilapidated public schools and suffer the consequences of a poor education. However, what they fail to note is that private schools have not proven to be any more effective in educating students. In fact, a 2001 U.S. Government Accounting Office (GAO) study of state evaluations found little or no difference between the academic achievement of voucher students and public school students in Cleveland and Milwaukee—the two urban school systems with publicly funded voucher programs.4 Indeed, the study found that “…the test scores of the voucher students in the two additional private schools [in Cleveland], which the evaluator was able to include in the second-year analyses, were lower than those of public school students in every area, at a statistically significant level.”5

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