Jason Bedrick: Don’t Confuse Tax Credits with School Vouchers


Once again, the Texas Legislature is looking for ways to expand educational opportunity to all children.

While wealthy families can afford to live in districts with high-performing public schools or pay for private school tuition, low-income families often have no financially viable options besides their assigned district school.

One way to address this inequity would be for Texas to grant school vouchers that parents could redeem at the school of their choice.

Eleven of 12 random-assignment studies — the gold standard of social science research — found that school choice programs produce modest but statistically significant positive outcomes, including increased academic performance and higher rates of high school graduation and college enrollment.

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