Vouchers have caused more damage to the education of OUR children, not the children of billionaires, than the COVID pandemic and Hurricane Katrina.
It’ll be a few more days for the final election results to be tallied nationwide, but it seems clear that with midterm wins by voucher supporters in places likeOklahoma,Texasand even Pennsylvania—where even the Democratic gubernatorial victor ison recordin cautious favor—voucher opponents are going to have to keep working hard to block public funding of private and religious schools.
School vouchers have devastating effects on student outcomes. Full stop. That’s something even the nation’s voucher advocate-in-chief Betsy DeVos has had toadmit, because the data are so stark.
Large-scale independent studies inD.C.,Indiana,Louisiana, andOhioshow that for kids who left public schools, harmful voucher impacts actually meet or exceed what the pandemic did to test scores. That’s also a similar impact in Louisiana to what Hurricane Katrina did to student achievement back in 2005.
Think about that next time…
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