ERIC Number: ED471872
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
School Vouchers: Characteristics of Privately Funded Programs. Report to the Honorable Judd Gregg, U.S. Senate.
Shaul, Marnie S.
This report looks at 78 privately funded voucher programs in New York City; Dayton, Ohio; and Washington, D.C. All three were longitudinal studies, tracking participants over 2 or 3 academic years. The programs shared numerous characteristics and faced common challenges, but they varied widely in the dollar amount of the vouchers they awarded and the number of students receiving them. Whereas all the programs used income-based eligibility criteria, many used a sliding scale based on family income and number of family members to determine award amounts. Programs typically required a minimum parental contribution toward the tuition, and the average voucher used in 2001-02 ranged from $600 to $2,000 per student. Evaluations of privately funded voucher programs provided some evidence that African-American students who used vouchers to attend private schools showed greater improvements in math and reading than students in the comparison group. Parents of voucher users of all racial and ethnic groups were consistently more satisfied with their children's education than were parents of the comparison-group students. Voucher families were generally more satisfied with school safety and academic quality than were similar families in the comparison groups. Parents of children using privately funded vouchers reported that their children's schools communicated with them more frequently and had a more positive environment. (Contains 13 references.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Longitudinal Studies, Parent Attitudes, Private Financial Support, Private School Aid, Program Effectiveness, Scholarships, School Choice
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia; New York (New York); Ohio (Dayton)