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    3/27/2009
    Is the voucher glass half full or half empty?

    Here's Ed Garvey, touting yesterday's Journal-Sentinel article that skimmed the surface of the most recent research work on performance in voucher schools. Garvey quoted from the article, touting "no overall statistical difference between performance of voucher school kids and MPS kids." He of course makes no mention (from the J/S article) that:
    ...one of the studies being released uses a formula that factors in the number of school choices available to MPS students to conclude that, by a small margin, MPS results are better now than they otherwise would be because of the presence of voucher schools.
    Or that:
    To summarize several of the studies, they show that the voucher system is educating children at less cost than MPS.
    And of course, Garvey doesn't make his way to the research (imagine that), as the MacIver Institute made sure it did.
    Despite what the headline writers at the Journal Sentinel say, there is more to this than just Choice students and MPS students are performing at roughly the same level. Dig a little deeper and look what you find:

    ... All school children in Milwaukee are doing better because of the Milwaukee School Choice Program (MPCP). Patrick Wolf, principal investigator of the School Choice Demonstration Project, remarked that the Choice Program "has produced a rising tide that has lifted all boats". Back when the program started, many involved hoped competition would help MPS improve.
    Interesting that Mr. Garvey's piece points readers to the Journal-Sentinel; the brief MacIver piece points readers to the study.
    All of the reports can be found here: http://www.uaedreform.org/SCDP/Milwaukee_Research.html.
    Jo Egelhoff, FoxPolitics.net




    COMMENTS

    "And of course, Garvey doesn't make his way to the research (imagine that), as the MacIver Institute made sure it did."

    Please, Ms Egelhoff, let me send you a couple more straws to grasp at. Just because the MacIver Institute refers to the actual research study is supposed to matter how, other than your seemingly apparent attempt to simply dismiss Mr Garvey's article out of hand? I thought the MJS article reported the research study fairly well.

    What all of this voucher vs. public school controversy fails to address is the, No Child Left Behind, "effect," that all our schools have been subjected to for quite a bit longer than the two years of the voucher research study. Rather than raising all boats, I see that WI elementary education, because of this unfunded mandate, has simply been sunk to the lowest common denominator, to the detriment of all of our children.

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    non quixote (Fri Mar 27 10:17:51 2009)

    Here's another study the Journal Sentinel does a good job in reporting - It's not NCLB we need to worry about, but the comparatively low standards set by the state of Wisconsin in response to NCLB. And as long as you mentioned boats and common denominators, Rose Fernandez addresses the need for higher standards concisely and constructively.

    The Journal Sentinel does a fine job reporting the 2nd year Choice Study. But of necessity of course, doesn't cover all the bases, just as Ed didn't. Just as I didn't. It's here. Read it and report the details, just as MacIver did.

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    Jo (Fri Mar 27 10:46:23 2009)

    Your initial question remains unanswered by the post that you follow with.

    Except that there is slim, if any, even circumstantial evidence that voucher schools have been the factor that has "raised all boats," in that analogy.

    I have been following this race closely and Ms Fernandez's touting of the real value of voucher schools has ended up simply being that value of the financial enrichment of private sector interests at the expense of regular public schools.

    Without institution of equal student testing and result reporting requirements and equal requirements for teacher educational certifications (BS/BA TC's minimum) and, without equal liability of voucher schools for providing services to special needs students, the burden of which is currently shouldered by public schools, there can be no real meaningful comparison of her platform positions in relation to the status quo, which we both agree needs serious reform on several levels.

    Rose Fernandez's platform, in a nutshell, is privatize public resources, bust unions, penalize teachers left trying to educate the most difficult and intractable students with the least support behind them in terms of finances, family and community. Fight any fair and transparent evaluation of private services provided. GOP party line, ad nauseam.




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