Tuesday, April 7, 2009

ACLU of Wisconsin: close down voucher schools

The ACLU of Wisconsin has sent a letter pleading for the state legislature to end the school voucher program in Milwaukee. The program essentially uses taxpayer dollars to send students to private schools in hopes that these students receive better grades.

The program, according to the ACLU, is a resounding failure.

The press release/letter cites reports from the School Choice Demonstration Project at Georgetown University, stating that ""more than 120, mostly small, Milwaukee schools that taxpayers support with tuition vouchers are performing at or below the levels achieved by comparable students attending Milwaukee Public Schools" (emphasis added).

The bottom line? The program isn't accomplishing anything.

It's time we support public schools in Milwaukee by giving them the funding they need, and not taking it away to fund private schools.

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