Study Shows School Vouchers Improve Public Schools

| by The Friedman Foundation
A new report by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, A Win-Win Solution: The Empirical Evidence on How Vouchers Affect Public Schools," debunks the myth that vouchers hurt public schools.

The report, written by Foundation Senior Fellow Greg Forster, collects the results of all available empirical studies on how vouchers affect academic achievement in public schools.

"Contrary to the widespread claim that vouchers hurt public schools, the empirical evidence concludes that in fact, vouchers improve public schools," Forster says. "No empirical study has ever found that vouchers had a negative impact on public schools."

"Some say vouchers can't be improving public schools because, look, there are still lots of problems in Milwaukee," says Forster. "But the empirical evidence consistently shows vouchers are having a positive impact. Just because things aren't perfect yet doesn't mean that nothing's helping."

A total of 24 school choice programs now exist in 14 states and the District of Columbia, serving over 160,000 students.

Forster looked at 17 empirical studies which examined the impact of vouchers on  academic achievement in public schools. All but one found that vouchers improved public schools and none found that vouchers harm public schools. "Every empirical study ever conducted in Milwaukee, Florida, Ohio, Texas, Maine and Vermont finds that voucher programs in those places improved public schools," he said.

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