NPR ran an interesting series on various private voucher school programs across the country. There is a lot to absorb, but here are some important takeaways.
Private voucher schools do not perform better than public schools: “the evidence from those studies with respect to achievement is something of a disappointment for people who are strong proponents of vouchers,”
They do “more harm than good” for many students: “…research suggests that vouchers may also be doing more harm than good for many students — and are not opening doors for children with expensive special needs or low grades…”
Money from voucher programs often does not stay in the private schools: “In a recent study of Milwaukee’s program, researchers found ‘vouchers are now a dominant source of funding for many churches’ and that parishes ‘running voucher-accepting schools get more revenue from vouchers than from worshipers.'”