Senate Education and Youth Committee
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Testimony of Kelly McCutchen, President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation
I would like to focus my testimony on the impact of Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) on public schools.
Regarding student achievement
, research shows that school choice improves outcomes modestly for public school students.
As of last May, 33 empirical studies had been published that examined the effect of school choice on students’ academic outcomes in public schools. Of those, 31 found choice improved public schools. One found no visible effect. One found a negative effect.
Regarding fiscal impact
, being fiscally conservative, we certainly appreciate any concern about the cost to taxpayers of any new state programs. Fortunately, any negative…