Dismal Results From Vouchers Surprise Researchers as DeVos Era Begins

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Media Outlet: The New York Times

Kevin Carey wrote for the New York Times about a wave of new research on private school vouchers:

The confirmation of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education was a signal moment for the school choice movement. For the first time, the nation’s highest education official is someone fully committed to making school vouchers and other market-oriented policies the centerpiece of education reform.

But even as school choice is poised to go national, a wave of new research has emerged suggesting that private school vouchers may harm students who receive them. The results are startling — the worst in the history of the field, researchers say.


Kevin Carey is the vice president for education policy and knowledge management at New America and directs the Education Policy program.