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Private-School Vouchers Making a Come-Back

Chaaron Pearson on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 12:00:00 am

Although private-school vouchers were noticeably absent from Bush’s No Child Left Behind legislation and Obama’s Race to the Top grant, they are making a comeback led by newly elected governors in Florida, Nevada and Wisconsin. 

Vouchers are nothing new in Florida, but governor-elect Rick Scott’s proposal is the most extensive of the new plans.  Scott wants to create “education savings accounts” that would help pay private-school tuition for any student in the state, not just low-income students.  With Florida in the spotlight for school reform, the Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss interviewed Professor Sherman Dorn of the University of South Florida to discuss the Jeb Bush package of educational reforms and their impact.  To read more visit - The Answer Sheet.

Milwaukee paved the way for large-scale private-school vouchers in 1990 and Wisconsin’s governor-elect is looking to expand the Milwaukee voucher program.  The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Science has used Milwaukee’s system to research the impact of the voucher system on education.  Visit the Institute of Education Sciences' What Works website for the results of their research.   

Nevada’s governor-elect hopes to pass a constitutional amendment to the state constitution that paves the way for private-school vouchers, but he is meeting some resistance from the state schools superintendent.  To read more: Nevada School Chief Calls Vouchers Too Costly

To read more: Private-School Vouchers Return to Education Agenda

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