School Choice

Black School-Voucher Students More Likely To Attend College

The most disadvantaged get the biggest boost


Receiving a voucher to attend a private school in New York City did not increase the likelihood of attending college for most students, but did increase college-going rates for black students, a study of participants in a privately funded scholarship program concludes.

Forty-two percent of 1,363 students who received vouchers through the New York School Choice Scholarship Fund and 42 percent of those who applied for but did not receive the tuition aid had enrolled in college within three years of their expected high school graduation date, according to the study, which is being presented this morning at the Washington-based Brookings Institution. It was co-written by Paul E. Peterson, a professor of government and the director of Harvard University's Program on Education Policy and Governance, and Matthew M. Chingos, a fellow at Brookings' Brown Center on Education Policy.

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  1. In reading the entire story, not sure what this proves. If this is saying that removing a black kid from an inner city public school and placing them in a private Parochial school improves his education, DUH!

    If you took all the inner city kids where I live and moved them out to the new, shiny, laptop in every locker schools my kids went to in th Suburbs, we’d see a lot of the same!

    Conversely, flip the study…Let’s send a bunch of affluent Suburban kids to the low income inner city schools the study refers to and check the outcome.

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