[Steve Benen] School vouchers haven’t had any luck at all lately. Voters in Utah, expected to be rather conservative, overwhelmingly rejected a statewide ballot referendum on vouchers in November. A report by the Government Accountability Office showed DC’s voucher system, mandated by Bush and congressional Republicans, coming up short. The president touted a voucher plan in his State of the Union address, which was DOA in Congress.
And now, yet another setback for voucher proponents, as a new study of the Milwaukee system found that students who receive vouchers to go to private schools don’t do any better academically than those “stuck” in public schools. . . .