In a free country where the American dream revolves around dictating the direction of your own life, parents and students are still unable to detach from failing schools. With an overwhelming amount of support for school choice flooding the country, where is the implementation of programs to match desires? What can families do to free themselves of a system that constantly seems to be working against them? Which system could provide economic assistance that supports school choice? Vouchers.
With the recent release of The Friedman Foundation’s 2014 report on school vouchers, the fiscal impact of school choice is undoubtedly making its way into education reform conversation. “The School Voucher Audit,” which concludes that school choice methods save money, takes readers on a field trip back to math class with easy-to-digest equations that break down fiscal impact. “Net savings per student x number of voucher recipients = total net savings”, “Per-student cost burden – public school > cost of voucher = net savings per student”, etc. For those of us less mathematically inclined, what does all of it mean?
As evidenced in “School Choice Today: Voucher Laws Across the States Ranking & Scorecard”, a report by the Center for Education Reform (CER), it is clear to see that vouchers are directly helping students. But there is an urgent need for more; more vouchers, more options, more accessibility, more school choice. When analyzing individual states, the report found that voucher programs available to all students, instead of just for specific circumstances (low-income or special needs for example), were able to reach more people and were therefore more beneficial. The CER report shows that out of 14 states and the District of Columbia, only six states earned an “A” or “B” ranking, evidence that voucher programs can work, there just needs to