ERIC Number: ED462473
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Sep-25
Reference Count: N/A
Five Years and Counting: A Closer Look at the Cleveland Voucher Program.
Pathak, Arohi; Holmes, Dwight; Mincberg, Elliot; Neas, Ralph G.
This report explores the Cleveland voucher program and its impact on Cleveland students, discussing the key questions that parents, the public, and policymakers are asking. It reviews how vouchers are funded, the actual cost of vouchers to taxpayers and the state, and what choices are really available to students whose families opt for vouchers. It addresses issues of equity and religious freedom, the level of accountability in voucher schools, and the most recent research on the impact of vouchers on student performance and achievement. The report concludes that the program has cost millions of dollars with no demonstrable impact on educational achievement. When the legislature launched the program, it funded the costs by depleting the very kind of aid that is specifically designed to help poor and at-risk public school students. The courts determined that nearly 40 percent of voucher students came from families above the poverty line, and one-third of all voucher students were already attending private schools. There is no credible evidence demonstrating that vouchers offer an academic advantage over public schools, and a recent state-commissioned evaluation showed that public school students made greater gains than voucher students over the 2 years of the study. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: People for the American Way, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Ohio (Cleveland)