Friday, April 9, 2010

Milwaukee vouchers did nothing to improve teaching/learning

Milwaukee's two-decade old voucher program (the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program) is a bust. 20 years, millions of dollars and lots of divisive politics funded by the extreme right-wing Bradley Foundation,  have done nothing to improve measurable learning outcomes for the city's 87,000 students.

You may remember that during the presidential campaign, the supposed benefits of Milwaukee's voucher system was used by conservative Democrats like DFER to try and force a pro-voucher position into the party's campaign platform. Their attempt failed.

Now faced with the latest studies showing that vouchers haven't improved test scores after 20 years, voucher supporters like Rick Hess are claiming that test scores don't matter. Yeah, right!

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