ON-Lion Letter

Out of 14 states and the District of Columbia that have voucher programs, three earn A’s, three earn B’s, seven earn C’s, and two earn D’s in an August ranking and analysis from the Center for Education Reform (CER) in Washington, D.C.  School Choice Today:  Voucher Laws Across the States is an in-depth analysis and state-by-state comparison of the currently more than two dozen voucher programs current across the country.

“Having a voucher law on the books is a good start, but not enough to make sure students are actually benefitting from school choice programs,” according to CER president Kara Kerwin.  “Policy design is critical, but the true strength of school choice voucher programs depends heavily on implementation.”

“From the types of students eligible to the number of regulations imposed on private schools, each element of a voucher program’s design impacts how effectively the voucher truly empowers parents with the ability to choose the best school for their child,” added Brian Backstrom, author of the report.

Backstrom is president of the Foundation for Education Reform & Accountability and a senior policy advisor to CER, which is supported by Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.

In the rankings, programs in Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin received an A.

“Now that we have reliable policy blueprints and visible implementation of strong voucher programs," Kerwin said, "more state leaders need to step up to the plate in order to grow and expand school choice opportunities across the U.S. so more children have access to options that best meet their individual learning needs."

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