Better results from vouchers

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I suppose Morton Marcus [April 16 Forefront] takes a cautious approach in order to create some controversy and energy in the voucher discussion. If he were to apply his abundant research skills to the issue, he would see that data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress indicates students at all levels (fourth, eighth and 12th grades) perform at a higher level in reading and math when in a non-public school versus a public school setting—especially in church-related schools of all denominations. In Washington, D.C., for instance, while the public system requires $18,000 per student, vouchers available at $7,500 per student allow for choice and superior academic performance. It would be interesting to see Marcus analyze why the public systems require at least 150 percent more funding to educate a student than private schools. It seems to me we should be moving even faster toward educational achievement via reform with vouchers than to question their effectiveness.

Jack Leicht

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