Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Wednesday, July 10, 2002
Is Our Children Learning?
The basis for the Cleveland voucher program recently upheld by the Supreme Court is the theory that vouchers will get kids out of failing schools into better ones. But a study of the program shows largely discouraging results.
Many parents tried to use vouchers to take children from 'bad' city schools to 'good' suburban schools with higher test scores. But the suburban schools uniformly refused to accept voucher students, apparently because they didn't believe they could do any better with these students, and were at risk of being seen as 'bad' schools if voucher students hurt their test scores.
Due to a lack of funds, many parents who applied for vouchers didn't receive them. A comparison of test scores for those who did get to voucher schools, mostly parochial schools, and those who applied for vouchers but had to stay in their failing public schools shows no substantial test score improvements for the voucher students.