New Research Supports Value of School Choice

The U.S. Department of Innovation points us to some new research on the effects of school choice in Milwaukee. It comes from the University of Minnesota:

Students who participate in Milwaukee’s voucher program graduate from high school at significantly higher rates than those who attend public secondary schools in the city, according to a new report [PDF, 101 MB] from the University of Minnesota. The report finds that graduation rates are about 10 or more percentage points higher in private high schools in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program than in the Milwaukee Public Schools. (Jan. 2008)

Sounds like another reason to try choice. After all, when a child drops out of school, it’s not only a personal disaster; it has social ramifications as well.

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