What can Washington learn from recent school voucher studies?

February 02, 2017 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Thomas B. Fordham Institute
1016 16th Street NW
7th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
United States

 

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The school choice movement, and voucher programs in particular, have reached a fascinating crossroads in their development. While enrollment in voucher programs has increased significantly in recent years, the newest research on the effectiveness of such systems has found surprisingly negative results. For example, research from the University of Arkansas and Tulane University on the Louisiana Scholarship Program found that students who transitioned to private schools made less progress on state tests than their peers who remained in public schools. Meanwhile, Fordham’s own recent study of the Ohio EdChoice Scholarship Program produced similar findings for participants, though at least it appears that competition from the program is helping to improve nearby public schools.

As Congress and the incoming Trump Administration gear up to debate a new federal initiative on private school choice, opponents are already pointing to these studies as evidence that such efforts are unwise. But is that the right takeaway? What factors might have contributed to the mixed findings in Louisiana and Ohio—findings that contradict years of previous research that tended to find strong benefits for voucher recipients? How can policymakers in the states, and possibly in Washington, design programs that achieve better results? Join the Thomas B. Fordham Institute on February 2nd to discuss these questions and more.  

Join the conversation online with @educationgadfly at #ChoiceResearch.

 

PRESENTER

 David Figlio
 Director of the Institute for Policy Research
 Northwestern University
  @IPRatNU

PANELISTS

 Lindsey Burke
 Director, Education Policy Studies and Will Skillman Fellow in Education
 The Heritage Foundation
  @lindseymburke
 Douglas N. Harris
 Schleider Foundation Chair in Public Education, Tulane University
 Director, Education Research Alliance for New Orleans
  @douglasnharris
 Martin R. West
 Associate Professor of Education
 Harvard Graduate School of Education
  @ProfMartyWest

MODERATOR

 Michael Petrilli
 President
 The Thomas B. Fordham Institute
  @MichaelPetrilli