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Trump’s Education Agenda Includes Bringing Choice To Students Through Vouchers: Do Those Programs Work?

ArmchairPoliticianEducation, August 20, 2017, by Brad Peery, WWW.ArmchairPolitician.US, ArmchairPolitician.US@gmail.com

The use of vouchers in private schools is criticized by the critics such as teachers’ unions and their allies as providing no benefit to students. The States of Indiana and Louisiana have voucher programs. There are two studies tracking performance of voucher students in these two states. Louisiana has 7,100 students, nearly 90% of them African-American, in schools of their choice, including private or religious schools. In February, 2016, Jonathan Mills of Tulane, and Patrick Wolf released a study of Indiana voucher students that showed that after two years there were declines in math and English, but after three years, those declines were erased. Another study in Indiana was done by Mark Berands and R. Joseph Waddington. Indiana has 34,000 students in its voucher program. The study showed that the students had declines in math and English, after two years. The longer they stayed, the better they did, and after four years, the students surpassed their peers in English.

ArmchairPolitician.US Opinion:
The pillars of providing improved education in the U.S. are to provide competition to public schools through the use of vouchers, and to improve education in the sciences, particularly by using project learning as an important component of the science classroom. Since 2013, 18 Sates and the District of Columbia have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards for kindergarten through 12th grade. Another 16 revised their standards to be comparable. Including hands-on projects in the curriculum is a major goal of the standards.

Students that use vouchers are having difficulty in their present schools. Vouchers give them a choice of the environment in which they choose to learn. There may be a learning period when going from a public school to a voucher enabled private school, but the students seem to be able to do well over time in the voucher enabled private schools.

See:
ArmchairPoliticianEducation, June 15, 2017, by Brad Peery,
WWW.ArmchairPolitician.US, ArmchairPolitician.US@gmail.com
Trump’s Education Budget Is Innovative: It May Finally Bring Accountability To Public School Performance.

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