Politico: Vouchers Are $1 Billion Waste of Taxpayer Dollars

Diane Ravitch's blog

Stephanie Simon, one of the nation’s best investigative education journalists, reports that vouchers are a costly failure. In every case where they were adopted, voucher advocates claimed they would “save poor kids from failing public schools,” but nowhere has the promise been true.

Voucher advocates insist that they are supporting the “right” of children to attend a private or religious school with public funds. But the students who have used vouchers are getting a raw deal, while taxpayers have shelled out $1 billion to voucher schools that are usually worse than the public schools.

Simon writes:

“In Milwaukee, just 13 percent of voucher students scored proficient in math and 11 percent made the bar in reading this spring. That’s worse on both counts than students in the city’s public schools. In Cleveland, voucher students in most grades performed worse than their peers in public schools in math, though they…

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