Vouchers, “Scholarships”, Charters, Online Schools-Privatization
A major component of the ALEC agenda/education “reform” model is support for vouchers, “scholarships”, charters, online schools and other similar “reforms”. There were multiple ALEC bills that sought to bring these “reforms” to Kansas in the past and legislative leaders have vowed to bring them back. We oppose these bills because these “reforms” have been tried in multiple other states and have not been successful. They do not improve student performance, but they do siphon funds away from the true public schools which serve all children, and they do put public funds into private hands.
School vouchers are not a proven strategy for improving student achievement: Studies of U.S. and international voucher programs show that the risks to school systems outweigh insignificant gains in test scores and limited gains in graduation rates