Study: More kids graduate when given a choice

Monday, October 31, 2016
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

books with moneyAccording to a recent policy paper, Texas' graduation rates could get a sharp increase if the legislature passes a bill to establish Education Savings Accounts and help families send kids to the schools of their choice.

With Republicans expected to reintroduce school choice legislation next year, Patrick Wolf, University of Arkansas' professor of education, has released a policy paper in which he notes that ESA programs boost graduation rates from between seven and 30 percent.

"I take the most conservative of those estimates -- seven percent -- and then apply information about the likely number of participants in a Texas Education Savings Account program and forecast out the number extra of graduates that we would expect," he explains.

Wolf says if ESAs could be implemented in the 2017-2018 school year, significant increases in graduation rates could be realized in four years.

"So basically, by 2022, the total number of extra graduates produced on an annual basis would be over 5,000," the professor tells OneNewsNow.

Though naysayers claim school choice siphons money away from public schools, Wolf believes public school students actually benefit because public schools do better when there is competition.

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