Key Words: An ‘F’ for some school-voucher programs even as Trump pushes choice

A proposed $20 billion school-voucher program from the Trump administration, and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, a school-choice advocate, may have the most momentum for such a plan in decades. That momentum, critics of market-based education policy worry, may leave three recent voucher-effectiveness studies—from the political left and right—worth little more than spitballs.

Vouchers, which essentially parlay tax money traditionally earmarked for public schools into vouchers that let families opt for certain private schools if they choose, are not new. Free-market extoller Milton Friedman wrote at length about the role of government in education in the 1950s. Friedman said that the government owes its citizens an education but that the government just isn’t the best administrator.

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