Everyone should be accountable
Providence Journal (RI)
October 5, 2003
Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to allocate vouchers valued at $7,500 to 1,300 low-income Washington, D.C., children.
The D.C. schools have the sad distinction of having both the worst performance of the nation's schools as a whole and having among the highest costs, about $11,000 per pupil. The Senate hasn't weighed in yet, so it's not a done deal.<br><br>The one, pretty sizable reservation I have about vouchers is that they transfer money from an accountable school -- presumably deemed failing -- to an unaccountable school, which might well be failing too, according to the same standards. We don't know. This seems both inexplicably unfair, but more importantly, specifically designed not to tell us anything. No private school students in the existing voucher programs -- Milwaukee, Cleveland, Florida and now Colorado -- take tests that are remotely comparable to those the public school students take. We need to know how they compare.