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Choice Proponents at University of Arkansas Study Vouchers in Louisiana and Find They Fail

March 6, 2017

It appears that NO ONE can find ANY evidence that vouchers help low performing students improve, even a pro-school-choice team of researchers whose positions at University of Arkansas are endowed by the Waltons! Diane Ravitch wrote a post yesterday describing the study of a Louisiana voucher program conducted by a team that consisted of the following:

Patrick Wolf, who has conducted numerous voucher evaluations, is part of the Department of Educational Reform at the University of Arkansas, where he is “Distinguished Professor of Education Policy and 21st Century Endowed Chair in School Choice at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.” He earned his Ph.D. at Harvard where his mentor was Paul Peterson, the nation’s leading academic proponent of school choice. Jonathan Mills received his Ph.D. at the University of Arkansas in 2015. Anna Egalite received her Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas and postdoctoral work at Paul Peterson’s program at Harvard.

One would expect such a team to dig deeply to find something positive about vouchers, which are the ultimate goal of all market-based ideologues… but the researchers couldn’t find anything positive to report except this: the schools the low performing minority students left to attend the private schools became relatively more integrated.

The researchers ultimately proved what true reformers have asserted for decades: schools are not the problem; poverty is the problem… and until we direct funds to address poverty and the ravages poverty creates we will not be able to improve the mobility that makes our democratic capitalists work.

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