Baby One More Time: Vouchers Still Don’t Work!

A new US Department of Education study finds that students in the only federally funded voucher program perform worse on math. Perry Stein at the Washington Post reports,

D.C. students who use vouchers to attend private schools perform significantly worse in math than their public school peers, according to a federal study that could cast a cloud over Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s quest to expand voucher programs across the country. The District is home to the nation’s only federally funded voucher program…

This week’s study from the Institute of Education Sciences, part of the U.S. Education Department, found that math scores were 10 percentage points lower for students who used vouchers compared with students who applied for the scholarship program but were not selected through a lottery. The students who were not chosen for the voucher program typically attend public schools in low-income neighborhoods.

A few (fake) quotes about vouchers that I have not gathered from supporters (inspired by Britney Spears’ Hit Me Baby One More Time lyrics) for this blog,

“Oh baby, baby, how was I supposed to know” Howard Fuller
“I must confess I still believe (still believe)” Betsy DeVos
“The reason I breathe is you” Mike Petrilli
“There’s nothing that I wouldn’t do” Donald Trump
“It’s not the way I planned it” Matt Chingos
“Don’t you know I still believe” Rick Hess
Yes, we are likely to continue to get the same song and dance from them supporting vouchers.

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