New research shows that blacks who participate in private school
choice programs are significantly more likely to enroll in
The joint study from the Brookings Institution and Harvard
University was conducted in New York City over a 15-year period.
Malcom Glenn, national director of communications for the American Federation for Children, relays that
results show African-American students on a voucher program are
much more likely to go on to college.
"Most notably is the fact that African-Americans who
participated in this voucher program in New York City were 24
percent more likely to enroll in college as a result of receiving a
voucher, 31 percent more likely to enroll in a full-time college,"
He hopes this study will show legislators throughout the country
the importance of tracking the success rates of their own voucher
"We're very, very strong proponents of strict accountability
measures and programs, and oftentimes that goes back to bill
design," the communications director explains. "So, when we're
putting together legislation, and when legislators are considering
school choice bills, it's very important that they put into place
at the onset evaluations like this one."
Similar studies showing increased achievement and parental
satisfaction have been conducted in Milwaukee, Florida and