This from Diane Ravitch's blog:
I received the following email today from Senator Mitch McConnell.
He really needs to get some people on his staff who can read and understand education research.
It is not that hard.
So should Rand Paul, Lamar Alexander, and the other senators who are pushing vouchers.
He would learn, for example, that students in voucher schools have not outperformed students in public schools anywhere.
He doesn’t mention that in this letter, so maybe he does know it and doesn’t care.
He would learn that voucher schools appear to have a higher graduation rate because they have a huge attrition rate.
For example, in Milwaukee, 56% of the students who started vouchers schools in ninth grade dropped out before reaching graduation.
So, the 44% who did not drop out were more likely to have a higher graduation rate than the public schools that accepted the dropouts from the voucher schools.
Why do these so-called “conservatives” want to destroy their own community’s public schools?
There is nothing conservative about that.
Conservatives protect traditional institutions.
Conservatives protect their community.
Conservatives are not anarchists.
Funny they don’t mention that vouchers have never been approved in any referendum. Voters don’t want their public dollars to go to religious or unregulated private schools.
We, as conservatives, know that the government is not the best place to do a lot of things. Although, if government must take action, we prefer that the most local level of government addresses an issue.Sometimes, every level of government creates obstacles to success. I consider it a priority in the United States Senate to remove those obstacles and help citizens, taxpayers and parents succeed.
That is why I am fighting hard for more choice and freedom in our schools.
School choice and parental control are issues I hold dear, which is why I am proud to join my friends Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Tim Scott, Lamar Alexander and others at an important school choice forum.Every child, whatever their background and no matter where they live, deserves a great education and a chance to succeed in life. Unfortunately, Washington and the entire education establishment are failing our kids.
Every decision that Washington has made in recent years seems to bring more power to the federal government, leaving less control for local schools and parents.
However, school choice is working where it has been allowed to replace the education establishment. Here are a few facts about school choice and the positive consequences of a successful education:
In Washington, the voucher program increased the graduation rate by 21 percent.
By 25, the average high school dropout earns $18,796 per year. On the other hand, the average college graduate with a bachelor’s degree is earning $26,699 per year and will earn nearly 100% more over their lifetime than a high school dropout.
How do we get more young Americans to earn bachelor’s degrees instead of becoming another dropout statistic?
The answer is school choice, and I will continue to fight alongside my colleagues in the Senate to expand the control that parents have over their child’s education.
You can also help by making sure I can keep fighting in Washington. Fighting for choice in education. Fighting for local control of schools.
Fighting for parents and taxpayers.