I was particularly interested in this report about Ohio. For many years the lead author, David Figlio, conducted evaluations of Florida’s tax credit voucher program. Figlio is a strong advocate for competition. In Ohio, he stated that competition helped public school students but hurt students with vouchers who attended private schools.
At the risk of being overly harsh, I have to wonder if the purpose of vouchers is to create ‘sacrificial lambs’ i.e. sending some students off to fail in private schools so those remaining in public schools will do better. Nothing in me wants to believe such an idea, but until the quality of alternative choices is assured, that is the risk parents unknowingly take.