Too quick to credit vouchers
Vivian Butler [“What school vouchers have bought for my family,” Local Opinions, Jan. 6] is pleased with how her daughter Jerlisa has done in the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship voucher program and at St. Benedict the Moor, but anecdotes do not trump facts. The Archdiocese of Washington was considering closing St. Benedict’s before the voucher program “breathed new life into D.C. Catholic Schools,” as a Post headline put it in June 2005, hardly suggesting that families were clamoring to send their children there.
Gibbs Elementary School does not have great test scores. St. Benedict may, but since they aren’t published, we don’t know. But Jerlisa might have done even better in an out-of-boundary school or charter school.
I suspect Jerlisa’s improvement is more a reflection of her mother’s dedication than of her voucher.
Carol Nissenson, Washington
| February 12, 2011; 9:14 PM ET
Categories: D.C., education, schools
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