Education

Vouchers Improve Public Schools (Pro-Voucher Group Says)

By Sean Cavanagh — February 20, 2009 1 min read

A report by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice says that vouchers improve the academic achievement of public schools. The author, Greg Forster, reviewed 17 empirical studies on that topic. All but one found that vouchers improved public schools, and none found that vouchers detract from them, according to the report.

Twenty-four school-choice programs now exist, in 14 states and the District of Columbia, which serve about 160,000 students, the report says. Forster’s evaluation examines voucher efforts in Milwaukee, Florida, Ohio, and other areas.

The Friedman Foundation is home to “the nation’s leading voucher advocates,” according to a description accompanying the release of the report. It was founded by economist Milton Friedman and his wife, Rose D. Friedman. Check out the report here and weigh in with your own review of its findings.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.