RFA Contributes to Discourse on Educational Vouchers

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As you are well aware, educational vouchers have come to the forefront of policy priorities in Pennsylvania recently. State Senators Jeffrey Piccola and Anthony Williams are set to introduce Senate Bill 1, a bipartisan-supported measure that would dramatically expand the role of educational vouchers as a school reform strategy. Pennsylvania’s new governor, Tom Corbett, has also signaled his intent to support vouchers. To be sure, Pennsylvania’s policy decisions on this issue will have significant implications on school districts across our state.

Research for Action strives to produce timely, relevant research and analysis focused on enduring and emerging educational reform issues.  As such, we produced a briefing paper – Questions and Answers about Educational Vouchers: Facts, Figures, and a Summary of the Research – to enrich the policy and legislative dialogue about this critical issue. The 14 questions and answers in the paper are based not on ideology or political rhetoric, but rather on a summary of the most rigorous existing research conducted on voucher programs across the country. It is our hope that this objective summary of what is known, and also what is not known, about the impact of vouchers on student achievement will inform Pennsylvania’s policymaking on this issue.

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