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School Choice Letter Omits Research, Distorts Cumulative Polling Data

June 08, 2015 1 min read
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To the Editor:

Paul DiPerna’s letter touting school vouchers and education savings accounts conveniently did not mention the research and published findings of University of Illinois education professors Christopher and Sarah Lubienski showing that the apparent private school advantage is due to those schools’ selectivity.

Further, the results of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice survey in Delaware, which were mentioned in Mr. DiPerna’s letter, should be viewed with skepticism as, according to the group Americans for Religious Liberty, they run substantially counter to the results of 40 years of Gallup/Phi Delta Kappa education polls and 28 state referendums over the years, such as those in Hawaii in 2014 and in Florida in 2012.

Dennis Middlebrooks

Brooklyn, N.Y.

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A version of this article appeared in the June 10, 2015 edition of Education Week as School Choice Letter Omits Research, Distorts Cumulative Polling Data

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