Greg Forster, writing for the Oklahoma Center for Policy Analysis, debunks four school choice myths.
Among the findings:
- No empirical study anywhere in the country has ever found that school choice had a negative effect on the academic outcomes of participants.
- No empirical study has found that it harmed public schools.
- It is a lie that public schools accept all children. Over 100,000 students are expelled from public schools each year. Many more are removed from regular classrooms and shunted off into “alternative” programs.
- Participating parents – of all races, income levels and even disability statuses – consistently report that they had little difficulty finding a school that served them.
- Fiscal studies consistently confirm that school choice programs don’t harm public school finances, and often strengthen them.
- School choice reduces racial segregation and provides a more racially integrated school experience. No empirical study has ever found that private school choice increased racial segregation.
Read the full article here.