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DeVos Gets a Schooling
Author: BobR    Date: 04/29/2017 15:57:37

One of the cornerstones of the right-wing agenda is privatizing everything they can. They love vouchers, as if they are the panacea for all that is wrong with our "socialist" society, never realizing the irony of that viewpoint. They want to replace ObamaCare with VoucherCare, which will not come close to providing the necessary coverage that people need.

One of their other sacred monkeys is public education. They love charter schools, and providing "school choice" via vouchers. Outwardly, they claim it is to allow all those poor black kids in the ghetto to have an opportunity to attend better schools. Privately, it's so that their white supporters who just happen to live in districts with failing schools can go to a nice private school that they wouldn't be able to attend otherwise.

This is why Betsy DeVos was chosen as Secretary of Education. She is the product of private schools, and has made the voucherization of public schools her mission in life. It's a bit sad, then, that her raison d'être is bullshit. Washington, DC actually tried the full-on voucher program. Consider it a trial run.

The trial failed:

... a report released Thursday found largely negative results for students who participated in the District of Columbia’s Opportunity Scholarship Program, suggesting that many of the program’s beneficiaries might actually fare better if they turn down the private-school money.

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) compared test scores for two groups of students: students who, through a lottery process, were selected to receive vouchers, and students who applied for yet didn’t receive them. The study compared the progress of both groups of students from spring of 2012 to 2014 and found that, a year after they applied for the scholarship, math scores were lower for students who won vouchers. What’s more, after narrowing the pool of students down to those in kindergarten through fifth grade, both reading and math scores were lower for students who won vouchers.

There's more at the link, including DeVos's attempts at spinning the results. All that spinning is dizzying, but does not detract from the reality that shifting children around to different schools as if they were inanimate objects produces the opposite of the results desired. There are no alternative "facts" that can counter that.

 

1 comments (Latest Comment: 04/29/2017 18:06:31 by Will in Chicago)
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