"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Friday, September 24, 2010

School Voucher Failure Record Continues Unabated

Where vouchers have been offered as "choice" for parents to get a private school education at public expense, the results have been anything but convincing for such "choice."  The latest from Ohio, where test scores comparisons that are now mandatory under new state law show that the lowest-performing public systems are still outperforming the private voucher schools more often than not.  Meanwhile, this failed experiment continues to drain approximately $65,000,000 from the Ohio public schools every year.  Never mind the hundreds of millions that are being drained every year by the charter dollar sinks run by industrialist, David Brennan.  From the Columbus Post-Dispatch:
On the whole, Ohio students who used tax-funded vouchers to attend private schools last school year did no better on state tests than public-school students.

That was true in the Columbus City Schools, too, where district students outperformed voucher students on seven of 12 standardized tests. The public-school students bested their private-school counterparts most often in math.
But middle-school voucher students had better passing rates, particularly on last school year's state reading exams. Eighth-graders outscored Columbus district eighth-graders on all three tested subjects - math, reading and science. . . .

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