Will Vouchers Work for Low-Income Students?

Institutions: Arizona State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Teachers College-Columbia University, and University of North Carolina at Charlotte

We have good evidence – from voucher programs in Chile and New Zealand – that large-scale voucher programs will not help the vast majority of poor children and instead will reinforce segregation and inequality. Voucher proponents ignore the complexity of what contributes to student achievement and turn their backs on our goal to build a more democratic society.

Published in the Arizona Republic, February 22, 2001 as Vouchers: No Solution to Educating the Poor.