ON-Lion Letter
Students in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) graduate at a higher rate than students in the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) system, according to an analysis of five years of data by a national expert for School Choice Wisconsin (SCW).

In May's "Graduation Rates for Choice and Public School Students in Milwaukee: 2003-2007," John Robert Warren compares graduation data for students in MPCP and MPS.  He concludes that "students in the MPCP are more likely to graduate from high school than MPS students."

Warren is an associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in the department of sociology at the University of Minnesota.

According to his analysis, had MPS graduation rates equaled those of MPCP students, there would have been almost 20% more public high-school graduates between 2003 and 2007.  Over the five years studied, that would have meant nearly 3,000 additional MPS graduates.

The comparative graduation rate for MPCP students in 2007 was 85%, versus 58% for MPS students.

MPCP is the nation's oldest and largest program to provide public support for parents to enroll their children in private schools.  Through the program, 18,500 students this year attend one of 122 private schools in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation substantially supports SCW.
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