[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here.]
From 2004 to 2008, Washington, D.C. had a vibrant voucher system before Democrats ended enrollment in it. One parent, Vivian Butler, shares her story. The whole thing is worth reading, but here’s a highlight:
I’m so glad I didn’t give up, because slowly but surely Jerlisa’s grades and education advanced. That made everything worthwhile. As ninth grade ended, I just couldn’t believe how much she had learned and grown. I said to myself: “By George, I think she’s got it now!”
Jerlisa isn’t the only one who has benefited from this experience. I, too, started to feel more confident. Now I ask about resources and fill out scholarship applications with ease. I found a way to buy new uniforms for my daughter. Instead of washing uniforms every afternoon, I use the time to help my daughter with her homework.
And seeing Jerlisa’s growth over the past six years has inspired me to take some hard steps in my own life. I’m now applying to programs to become a home health-care nurse. Meanwhile, Jerlisa is deciding where to apply for college.
These are things we never dreamed were possible before. I am extremely proud of my daughter, and she is proud of me. Jerlisa’s scholarship has been worth so much more than $7,500.
And before you (logically) cry “anecdotal evidence,” Cato @ Liberty points out that her experience is hardly unique:
The latest federal study of the D.C. voucher program finds that voucher students have pulled significantly ahead of their public school peers in reading and perform at least as well as public school students in math. It also reports that the average tuition at the voucher schools is $6,620. That is ONE QUARTER what the District of Columbia spends per pupil on education ($26,555), according to the District’s own fiscal year 2009 budget.
Better results at a quarter the cost. And Democrats in Congress have sunset its funding and are trying to kill it. Shame on them.
And of course, no post on the state of our schools would be complete without this picture:
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]