by Ellen Belcher
Thomas B. Fordham Foundation
February 07, 2014
Policy
Roughly 30,000 kids in Ohio take advantage of a publicly funded voucher. How does life change for the private schools that take voucher kids? Can private schools coexist with a publicly-funded voucher program? Can they adapt as they educate more students from disadvantaged backgrounds? This new report from the Fordham Institute finds that, yes, voucher programs are changing private schools. But at the same time, these private schools are bravely adapting to such changes. For policymakers, this report should prompt clear thinking about how to strengthen voucher programs. Some private schools are teetering financially, which is one (but not the only) reason lawmakers should consider boosting the per-pupil voucher amount. At the same time, if states make substantial public investments in private-school options, taxpayers have every reason to expect strong student outcomes.



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