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.

Further Reading

On negative effects of vouchers

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

Statement Regarding the NAACP’s Resolution on a Moratorium on Charter Schools

Why “Competitive Marketplaces” are an Awkward Fit for Education

http://www.empowerdc.org/uploads/J4JReport-Death_by_a_Thousand_Cuts.pdf

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2014/12/12/major-charter-researcher-causes-stir-with-comments-about-market-based-school-reform/?utm_term=.caccfd37b6ab

http://www.reclaimourschools.org/sites/default/files/Charter-Schools-National-Report_rev2.pdf

http://integrityineducation.org/charter-fraud/

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/education/article_dbf9b959-0c73-586c-97e7-6fca3a729b39.html

http://nepc.colorado.edu/newsletter/2013/07/review-credo-2013

http://www.alternet.org/education/who-profiting-charters-big-bucks-behind-charter-school-secrecy-financial-scandal-and?paging=off

http://www.miamiherald.com/charterschools/

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/13/education/online-schools-score-better-on-wall-street-than-in-classrooms.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&

http://educationblog.dallasnews.com/2013/08/houston-charter-school-misspent-5-3-million-in-federal-funds-state-report-finds.html/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/07/milwaukees-voucher-progra_n_872712.html

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/charterschoice/2013/02/milwaukee_public_schools_outperforms_schools_in_voucher_program.html

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/education/federal-grand-jury-indicts-pa-cyber-charter-school-founder-nick-trombetta-and-his-accountant-700493/