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Alexandra Usher, Nancy Kober Center on Education Policy
The Center for Education Policy examines a decade’s worth of research on school vouchers, including the effects on graduation rates, parental satisfaction, public school achievement and the cost to taxpayers. Among the report’s key findings is that vouchers have no clear positive effect on student academic achievement. The report stresses the need for closer scrutiny of voucher research to ensure greater objectivity because CEP’s reviewers found that a majority of previous research has been conducted or sponsored by voucher proponents.
National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance
This report, conducted by the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, evaluates the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program – the nation’s first federally funded voucher program — which was created to provide scholarships of up to $7,500 to make tuition for private schools more affordable for low-income DC families. The report finds that there was no evidence of a statistically significant difference in test scores between students who were offered an OSCP scholarship and students who were not.
Jonathan Plucker, Patricia Muller, John Hansen, Russ Ravert, Matthew Makel Center for Evaluation and Education Policy
This report, conducted by the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, evaluates the publicly-funded Cleveland Scholarship and Tutoring Program – the nation’s second state-funded voucher program – implemented with the goal of providing low-income, inner-city families afford the cost of private school tuition. The report examines the program’s impact on student achievement, parent involvement, teachers and schools.
Patrick J. Wolf University of Arkansas
Today there is nothing short of a state of emergency in the delivery of education to our nation’s communities of color. As our communities quickly grow on pace to become a numerical majority, it is clear that confronting the issues we face is not just our challenge alone but all of America’s challenge. As a nation, we are failing to provide the highquality educational opportunities that are critical for all students to succeed, thereby jeopardizing our nation’s ability to continue to be a world leader.
Alliance for Excellent Education
There is an economic -- as well as ideological -- importance to providing all students with an equal opportunity for rigorous education. In this report, the Alliance for Excellent Education makes the economic case, analyzing state-level economic data to determine the monetary benefits that states could see by improving the graduation rates of students of color and Native students.
Anthony P. Carnevale, Stephen J. Rose Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
This report, by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, finds that the U.S. has been underproducing college-going workers since 1980. As a result, the country is losing its edge as an economic world leader. We must add 20 million postsecondary-educated workers to the workforce to make this income inequality decline. We can do it if we make a concerted effort to improve levels of educational attainment.
The PEW Center on the States
The Pew Center's Pre-K Now project released a new paper making the case for "Pre-K as a School Turnaround Strategy." The paper urges members of Congress to look at state and local turnaround initiatives that use limited funds for proven early education programs as a way to improve student achievement. According to the report, "The evidence is clear and compelling: pre-K multiplies the impact of other reforms. Early investment is the best investment."
Council of State Governments Justice Center
Findings from a multi-year study of discipline records for nearly 1 million Texas students show that the majority of them were suspended or expelled between seventh to 12th grade. A not-surprising corollary finding: When students are suspended or expelled, the likelihood that they will repeat a grade, not graduate, and/or become involved in the juvenile justice system increases significantly. For more on the groundbreaking report by the Council of State Governments Justice Center in partnership with the Public Policy Research Institute at Texas A&M University. View additional resources on ending zero tolerance policies >
Voices of Youth in Chicago Education
The student-led Voices of Youth in Chicago Education recently compiled a cost-analysis that shows how enforcing and administering zero tolerance policies costing taxpayers and examines the damaging effects of the Chicago public school system’s disciplinary policies on students and schools. In the report, “Failed Policies, Broken Futures: The True Cost of Zero Tolerance,” VOYCE writes that such harsh policies are “based on the fear that young people of color are future criminals, not the hope that we will be future leaders.”