Milwaukee’s voucher schools graduate 77 percent of low-income students, compared with 65 percent for public high schools, concludes an ongoing study. That means voucher students are 18 percent more likely to earn a high school diploma.
More than 21,000 low-income students in Milwaukee use vouchers to attend 110 private schools in the city.
The study compared seven choice schools and 23 public high schools, and was “adjusted to account for an expected 5% ninth-grade retention rate in choice schools and an expected 25% ninth-grade retention rate in MPS,” reports the Journal-Sentinel.
District officials complain that the names of schools in the study, which started in 2003, are confidential, making it impossible to judge comparability.