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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The school voucher push lacks accountability

Posted By on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 11:55 AM

Here's more from Georgia on the school voucher push by the Billionaire Boys Club. They want to move the transfer of tax money to vouchers in Georgia from $58 to $100 million (yes, they are using the "scholarship" scam envisioned in the proposal pending in Arkansas to safeguard transfer of public money to church schools.)

Studies in Louisiana, Indian and Ohio have shown scant benefit to students from the transfer of money. And, the problem is, they backers of vouchers don't WANT accountability.  The pending Arkansas legislation, now scaled back to $3 million a year at least at the start, provides no guarantee of meaningful evluation of the program. Who got the money, what schools did they come from, how did beneficiaries progress in the schools that got the money, how did the money get spent as to race and economic status? The Arkansas bill requires no demonstration of legitimacy on the part of schools getting the money. Experience in other states shows this lack of information and public accountability is a bad idea.

This is known, the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute writes:

Vouchers aren’t bringing big benefits to students in Louisiana, Ohio and Indiana. In Louisiana, voucher students fell well behind their peers in public schools in math and reading in their first year in the program. Voucher students in Ohio also saw a drop in achievement when they switched to private schools. Math scores dropped significantly for Indiana’s voucher students when they transferred to private schools and they made no gains in English Language Arts.

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