School choice, eh?
Canada is getting its first privately funded vouchers, and teachers’ unions aren’t happy, writes Neil Seeman in NRO. Yet Canada is more advanced than the U.S. on school choice.
Several Canadian provinces offer public funding to qualifying private schools, including religious schools. In fact, over 90 percent of the population enjoys a panoply of publicly funded school choices. In several provinces, these funds take the form of per-pupil funding directly to schools, much like vouchers, although the province of Ontario is currently offering a 20 percent refundable tax credit for parents whose children attend private schools.
. . . In those provinces that fund private schools, there is a statistically weaker correlation between socioeconomic status and educational achievement. When funding follows children to the parents’ choice of school, parental satisfaction and test scores shoot upwards.