Do you support school vouchers?
By Erica Mora
We've studied vouchers: whether or not they seem to help kids, and whether or not families like them and what it's like to go to school if you do have a voucher. And we find that the low-income families who participated in our studies tell us that the discipline is much better. There's less fighting. There's less cheating. There's less racial conflict. There's more tolerance for children from other backgrounds. We find that the classes are smaller, that the students say they like their teachers better. There are just a lot of good reports coming back from parents. Now, when inner city, low-income families tell me they're a lot happier if they have choice as to where their child is going to go to school, I think it's time for the rest of us to sit up and listen.
According to multiple studies of the District of Columbia, Milwaukee and Cleveland school voucher programs, the targeted population does not perform better in reading and math than students in public schools. The U.S. Department of Education studies of the D.C. program show that the students using vouchers to attend private schools do not believe that their voucher school is better or safer than the public school they left.
I support vouchers because it helps the poor get a good education and takes education out of the government’s hands. I think every kid deserves an education and having a voucher makes that possible. Vouchers may not cover all costs of private schooling but at least it covers some and makes it easier to pay. Some people think it is unfair for vouchers to take money from the public schools but I don't think it's unfair because that money goes to kids that can't afford an education. I believe that everyone should have the choice and that is why school vouchers are a good idea.
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