Vouchers Tend to Serve the Less Advantaged

At least 10 studies have examined the relative advantage of children that applied to a private-school-choice program relative to the population of eligible students in the same location.

EdStat: 76 Percent of Indiana’s Private Schools Participate in the Indiana Choice Scholarship Program

Roughly 76 percent of Indiana’s private schools take part in the Indiana Choice Scholarship Program, including almost 100 percent of Indiana’s Catholic schools.

What Have We Learned From Three Studies of Private School Choice?

Understanding the effect of private school choice on real-world success beyond test scores requires data on outcomes like college enrollment and graduation, and thanks to three recent Urban Institute studies, we know more about this than we did a year ago.

EdStat: 34,299 Students Receive Vouchers Through the Indiana Choice Scholarship Program

Launched in 2011, the Indiana Choice Scholarship Program is the nation’s largest voucher program, accounting for nearly 20 percent of all voucher students nationwide.

Are Low-Quality Private Schools on the Rise in Florida?

A new study finds that participation in the state’s tax credit scholarship program has not shifted toward schools with weaker track records of improving student outcomes.

The Biggest Little Election You’ve Never Heard Of

How a Colorado School-Board Vote Could Boost Vouchers Nationwide

Secret Finding from PDK Poll: Support for Vouchers is Rising

The just released PDK survey of U. S. adults reveals an upward shift in public support for vouchers of 10 percentage points over the past four years, with 8 of those percentage points gained since 2015

The Education Exchange: Choosing Vouchers in North Carolina

Paul E. Peterson talks with Anna Egalite of N.C. State about her new study looking at why some private schools do and others don’t participate in North Carolina’s means-tested voucher program and also at how families make the decision about whether or not to use a school voucher.

Unintended Impacts of Regulations on the Quality of Schooling Options

The available evidence suggests that regulations did indeed deter higher-performing private schools from participating in a voucher program.

More Findings About School Vouchers and Test Scores, and They are Still Negative

Four recent rigorous studies—in the District of Columbia, Louisiana, Indiana, and Ohio—used different research designs and reached the same result.

School Voucher Programs in Indiana and Louisiana

What two new studies find and how they can inform the school choice debate

In the News: What Monday’s SCOTUS Ruling in Trinity Lutheran Preschool Case Could Mean for School Vouchers

The Supreme Court will hand down its final rulings of the term today, including the Trinity Lutheran case.

School Vouchers, LGBTQ Rights, and Religious Liberty

What Betsy DeVos should say when asked whether schools accepting vouchers can refuse to admit LGBTQ students.

Are Private Schools Allowed to Discriminate?

And will private schools be required to follow civil rights laws if they accept vouchers?

In the News: Trump Should Capitalize on Vouchers’ Newfound Popularity

In an op-ed for Real Clear Education, Paul Peterson notes that public opinion surveys are finding that public support for vouchers is growing.

In the News: How Two Business-Savvy Nonprofits Are Breathing New Life Into Philadelphia’s Struggling Catholic Schools

Preserving traditional Catholic education while adding education reform elements has been the goal.

U-turn on Vouchers

Florida courts uphold tax credits

In the News: Private Schools Met With Rejection from Indiana State Board

In Indiana, three private schools with low grades from the state have been told that they can not accept new voucher students this fall.

Debate: Should Public Funds Be Used to Support Private School Vouchers?

The opening statement for a debate between Mike Petrilli and Rick Kahlenberg.

If You Mostly Care About Test Scores, Private School Choice Is Not For You

The benefits of private school choice are clearly evident in long term outcomes, not near-term test scores

How Not to Argue for School Choice

The enthusiasm of some school choice advocates is leading them to make their case in ways that are tone-deaf or counterproductive.

Why a Trump School Choice Initiative is Unlikely to Succeed

Creating and sustaining a massive new federally-fueled voucher program will take more than a miracle. It will take three miracles.

The Effect of Louisiana’s Voucher Program on School Integration: A Response to The Century Foundation

As the lead author of the 2017 Louisiana study referenced in this report, I must address Potter’s misrepresentation of our research.

Authority, Schools, and America’s System of Government

While technocrats have been trying to centralize and homogenize and control everything about education, school choice and charters have done the exact opposite.

What the Data Show on School Choice and Segregation

There are a number of serious methodological challenges involved in empirical research on how education policies affect ethnic segregation.

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