Students benefit from Voucher Programs

Writing for the Foundation for Education Choice, Jeff Reed explains the benefits of school choice in a letter to the Johnson County Sun.

“Nine of the 10 “gold standard” studies examining voucher programs concluded that some or all participants benefited academically. One found no difference. As for public schools, 18 of 19 empirical studies showed vouchers impacted them positively, with one reporting no effect. No empirical analysis has discovered negative effects from vouchers.”

All that is good for an advocate of school choice. On the other hand, school choice has a moral dimension, too: It lets the poor have the options that people of means currently have. It also promotes the tailoring of an education to the learning style and personality of each student. Though if I were philosopher-king, I would establish some sort of tax-credit mechanism rather than vouchers.

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