Washington, D.C.’s voucher program, recently defunded by Democrats, boosts the reading scores of students who get vouchers, concludes the third year of a follow-up study. Voucher students do as well in math as the control group.
The average tuition at voucher schools is $6,620, writes Cato’s Andrew Coulson.
That is ONE QUARTER what the District of Columbia spends per pupil on education ($26,555), according to the District’s own fiscal year 2009 budget.
President Obama says he supports whatever works. Will he persuade congressional Democrats to fund a program that produces better readers at one fourth the cost?
Update: What did Education Secretary Arne Duncan know about the study’s findings and when did he know it? Duncan had to know during the voucher reauthorization debate that D.C.’s program is advancing students by nearly half a year, editorializes the Wall Street Journal. Why didn’t he speak up?