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Document Number: 6734

The Evidence on Education Vouchers: An Application to the Cleveland Scholarship and Tutoring Program - This paper examines the academic achievement effects of the Cleveland Scholarship and Tutoring Program, within the context of existing research on education vouchers. The report finds no substantial gains for voucher users relative to other comparison groups. The report also discusses areas where the research base leaves inquiry open: (1) equity of education vouchers, (2) whether achievement gains are the best source of evidence that vouchers work, (3) the financial implications in relation to the windfalls that some private schools will receive as their existing enrollees now access vouchers, and (4) the full fiscal consequences of voucher programs. (Clive R. Belfield, National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education, January 2006)...

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