Want an 82% Graduation Rate for Low Income Students? Go Voucher

Governor Scott Walker at Hope Christian Academy


The battle over school vouchers for students in troubled schools is heating up in Wisconsin. The debate over any degree of independence and privatization, whether it’s charter schools or school vouchers, is meant with unrelenting hatred and hostility by the Educratic establishment which gets its wealth and power from keeping huge numbers of low income students locked up in failed schools.

At UnionWatch, Larry Sand however reminds us that the only real education option for low income students comes from escaping the Educracy.

Back in 1990, the Pleistocene Era of education reform, the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program became the nation’s first publicly funded school choice program for low-income children. Born of an interesting political marriage – Democratic state legislator Polly Williams and Republican Governor Tommy Thompson – the program started as a way to address the city’s troubled education system.

In 2009, referring to researcher John Warren, Education Next’s Paul Peterson wrote that an estimated

82 percent of 9th grade students in voucher schools graduated from high school, while just 70 percent of 9th graders in the Milwaukee Public Schools did.

One private school that primarily serves low-income students through Milwaukee’s Parental Choice Program boasts a 100 percent college acceptance record.

Dante Hamilton will be one of 37 seniors graduating in June from HOPE Christian High School…

In most schools, a percentage of the graduates would be heading off to college, while many would have a different destination.

But Hamilton and all 36 of his classmates have been accepted to college. It’s the second year in a row that one hundred percent of HOPE Christian seniors gained college admission.

These solutions exist and they could make a huge difference in the abysmal education rates, especially in the inner cities. But the left has built an entire establishment that profits from malaise and failure and so perpetuates malaise and failure.

Vouchers are a threat to it because it knows that if its “clients” ever learn to succeed, they will no longer have a use for its social welfare plantations where failure is a birthright.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    ANYTHING is better than public schools, at least in their current incarnation. Charter schools are definitely more structured and demanding, and THAT is a good thing. Nevertheless, parents must be on their toes, even in Charters. The "Common Core" "CSCOPE" are lurking everywhere, even within homeschooling! Their tentacles are everywhere.
    Therefore, beware of what your kids are learning…for first they came for the kiddies – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/12/25/domestic-terr

    Bill Ayers is making sure that he leaves more than his (educational) mark – http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/04/bringing_d

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • JacksonPearson

    Wisconsin education will succeed only when they rid themselves of the scourge of public employee unions.

  • EmpireofLies

    Wow this sounds just fantasti!. All the proper fashionable attitudes in place. Egalitarianism? check.
    Equal Opportunity? check? Racial equality? double check…etc. One problem however. And I WOULD like to hear it addressed. It begins with Kingsley Amis's scathing attack on modern universal education, namely. "There just isn't enough brains to go around". What Amis meant was that t there is a considerable proportion of the population that is ineducable, and no amount of clever reshuffling of the educational apparatus will change that. But lets get right to the point about what is so deficient and contradictory about the whole "voucher" concept. . Private schools are exclusive. Their tuition fees serve as a crude, but more or less efficient filter. This filter works like this: those that are willing to pay for education, care about education. Schools filled with children whose parents care about education enough to pay for it, are children brought up by parents that demand something for their money, like good study skills, achievement, discipline, good behavior etc. Its the necessary atmosphere for all learning to take place in. Vouchers destroy all this. What a voucher does is turn all private schools into public schools. And, trust me, all it takes is a very small handful of inner city, hip hop infected attitude slingers to turn the most discerning private school into another bit of Obamatopic anarcho-tyranny.. With a voucher every public school student can show up at the door of any private school and demand entry. And who could deny them? Anyone see that Japanese sized tsunami of discrimination lawsuits on the horizon? No "vouchers" are a disastrous idea. If the parents care about education let them pay or it with sweat off their brow.. Its not enough to say they care.Or hasn't everyone in the Age of Obama caught on to what kind of maliciousness lurks behind the rhetoric of "caring". Reduced fees for deserving students? Yes. "Free" private education for all? Insane. Its all part of the large mass "Inclusion" hysteria destroying the nation. Discrimination and exclusion make education possible by making clarity and precision of thought possible. Inclusion of the incompatible, contradictory, ineducable, and dysfunctional destroys the possibility of all education, real progress, or finally meaning itself.

  • alex

    The article above cites Paul Peterson, who wrote a number of discredited studies, who is citing another study. This study was didn't have enough comparable student-level data to support the claim of an 82% Graduation rate. What the study did have was how many students there were in ninth grade at a given school one year and how many students graduated four years later. One of the problems for education in Milwaukee is that students move from school to school regularly.
    I know studies sound convincing, but you should look up the authors, the studies' methodologies, who pays them, and what other experts say about their work. Political scientists, economists, and politicians can be very effective with their work, but don't have training or experience with education.
    And while there are excellent voucher schools, there are also schools that were allowed to receive vouchers despite the owner having raped a woman at knifepoint. Both of these points are examples of anecdotal evidence that do not give us a full picture of the successes or failures of the school systems in the Milwaukee Metropolitan Area.
    The comment by empire of lies struck me as racist.