Evidence supports need for school vouchers, researchers say
Published: June 19, 2009
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (CNS) -- Catholic schools and other private institutions fare well in some areas of education research; in other areas, they do about as well as public schools. That's perhaps not surprising, but the research is coming from a public institution: the University of Arkansas' Department of Education Reform, established in 2005. Jay P. Greene leads the department and holds an endowed chair in education reform. He has researched and written extensively about social promotions and accurate reporting of graduation rates -- and he's been criticized in some quarters for supporting school vouchers. But Greene said he has looked at the evidence, both his own work and that of others, and reviewed it carefully. A product of public education and not Catholic himself, he said he has no personal investment in the issue beyond a general interest "to improve organizations and produce better results."
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