Saturday, July 21, 2012

Since Milwaukee's Voucher program began in 1992, Wisconsin became one of the slowest improving states.

Funny thing about the education reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; seems she forgot one important detail. Maybe it’s not important, but I thought I’d bring it up anyway.

Isn’t it an odd coincidence that in a new study that covered the years 1992 through 2011, ’92 being the first year of Milwaukee’s voucher system, Wisconsin became one of the slowest improving states in the country? Voucher's should have created competition and a race to the top. What happened? It's all BS: 
jsonline: new study that looks at National Assessment of Educational Progress scores in reading, math and science for 4th and 8th graders finds Wisconsin to be one of the slowest-improving states in the country between 1992 and 2011. Wisconsin was near the top of the heap in 1992, when it ranked 6th out of 41 states in terms of NAEP scores. In 2011, it ranks 14th, according to the study by researchers Eric Hanushek, Paul Peterson and Ludger Woessmann published in Education Next.
In 2011, a study of Milwaukee’s voucher system came to the conclusion that voucher students performed "similar or worse" than other poor Milwaukee students.

Vouchers and privatization were the saviors of education. A supposed innovative improved right? Wrong. But according to the most snake like Republican in our state assembly:
Rep. Robin Vos, who (was) developing a proposal to expand the voucher program to other cities, took a more optimistic view of the results. "Obviously opponents see the glass half-empty," Vos said. "I see the glass half-full. Children in the school choice program do the same as the children in public school but at half the cost."
Breathtaking in its upside down logic, it's at least...cheaper. Oh sure, we saved money, for now. Keep in mind, behind the scenes, voucher schools are clamoring to get the same student money as the public schools. It's education on the cheap, but only temporarily. 

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