LETTER: Competition nets better resultsTo the Telegram: The Superior school district’s website, www.superior.k12.wi.us,states “vouchers do not improve student achievement.”
To the Telegram:
The Superior school district’s website, www.superior.k12.wi.us,states “vouchers do not improve student achievement.”
This is simply not true. According to a Department of Education evaluation done on Washington D.C.’s voucher program, students in the program achieved a graduation rate of 91 percent compared to a 70 percent rate for students whose parents wanted to enroll their child in the program, but couldn’t, because they lost the lottery. Yes, the D.C. voucher program was so popular during this time period, because of the achievement gap, that a lottery had to take place to decide which students would get in. This lottery system is documented in the award-winning documentary, Waiting for Superman. The DOE evaluation also found parents of voucher students had a higher school satisfaction rate, and felt their child’s school was safer and more orderly.
The Superior school district’s website then states “vouchers eliminate public accountability.”
This is also not true. One would be hard-pressed to find a stronger way to hold our public school district accountable than a parent saying “if you fail my child, I’m choosing a better school.”
The simple truth is vouchers create competition and competition will always naturally lead to a better product.