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School Vouchers are a “False Road”, and There’s Data to Prove it


Jeff Bryant writes about the negative impact of voucher programs on students’ educational attainment, which is the subject of Professor Martin Carnoy’s recent report “School vouchers are not a proven strategy for improving student achievement Studies of U.S. and international voucher programs show that the risks to school systems outweigh insignificant gains in test scores and limited gains in graduation rates” published by the Economic Policy Institute, EPI.

"When balancing the pros and cons of voucher programs, the “ultimate argument,” Carnoy explained to me, is that even if the effects of these programs are a wash, they divert resources and energy from more helpful programs, including high quality early childhood education, increased education funding, and teacher professional development focused on delivering better instruction."

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