I recently started following Corey DeAngelis on Twitter (@DeAngelisCorey) because of a battle of ideas he got into with some of the traditional education policy wonks that I also like to follow. I was impressed by Corey’s wit, his defense of not only school choice policies, and his knowledge of the research in regards to the effects of private schools on student success.
If you desire to know more about Corey’s work there are two articles in particular that are great for learning more about the success of private schools as studied through voucher programs. In the first article, The Highly Positive Impacts of Vouchers he states that:
It’s time we set the record straight. The preponderance of the evidence suggests that private school choice improves test scores, high school graduation rates, tolerance, civic engagement, criminality, racial integration, and public school performance. And, of course, all of these benefits come at a lower cost to the taxpayer.
Likewise, in his article The Evidence on School Choice is Far from ‘Mixed’ he reviews the current research on school choice where he clarifies the emerging studies and the areas where voucher programs are having an impact. He writes:
Now let’s set the record straight. The evidence suggests that private school choice improves test scores, high school graduation rates, tolerance, civic engagement, criminality, racial integration, and public school performance. The evidence on private school choice is far from mixed.
“Horace Mann Had It All Wrong” Podcast:
Because of his research, work, and my love for education policy I asked Corey if he’d spend some time answering some questions about what we know and some possible solutions for greater parent choice in the educational process. I do think you will enjoy this conversation.
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Erik Ellefsen has served in education for 21 years as a teacher, coach, consultant, Grievance Chairman for the American Federation of Teachers, Dean of Academics at Boston Trinity Academy, and as Principal at Chicago Christian High School. He currently serves as an Academic and College Counselor at Valley Christian High School (San Jose, CA), a Senior Fellow for CACE, a Senior Fellow for Cardus, podcaster for Digical Education, and as Vice President of CCEI. Erik regularly organizes Christian school leadership seminars and speaks on issues pertaining to academic program, student leadership, and organizational development. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.