I received a comment regarding Clark Neily's education piece and I recognize that not everyone visiting reads comments to every post. He asked for a link to a study referenced in the piece and in writing the reply I thought it better to simply post my findings for everyone.
And I want to clarify that in the future, as a rule, I will not be editing or adding links to editorials I recieve from the James Madison Institute or other organizational contributors. I will, whenever appropriate, take responsibility for pieces posted on this site that are not of my own hand and search for links to questions such as this. If I can not find supporting evidence myself, then I will pull a piece from the post until support can be provided by the author.
These are my findings - A quick Google Search turned up the following...
From the Heartland Institute, from the Brookings Institute, from the Lexington Institute (this is from April 2005 and specifically about Florida).
C'mon people. One of these links is to the Brookings Institute! For those who don't know, the BI is one of the more liberal think tanks out there. Just read the material.
If you follow and read the links I think you will see Harvard researchers have been following vouchers for several years now and the conclusions for almost every study I have seen (serious studies that is, teachers union audit reports showing a loss in revenue do not count) is vouchers have a positive impact on students, schools and states educational goals. Here's a link to the Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Program on Education Policy and Governance where you can find more research, opinions and publications dealing with Education policy. I haven't read everything there so if you henpeck a study that shows something contrary to what I just said then congratulations, you found one.
It doesn't lessen the importance of every other study finding exactly the opposite.
Now back to my regularly schedule posting.