How do the nation’s first vouchers for students with special needs
match up against the country’s first education savings accounts
(ESAs) for students with special needs? As Led Zeppelin once sang, “Then as it was, then again it will be….”
It’s important to note the Greene-Forster study relied on a random sample of participants whereas the Butcher-Bedrick report was self-selected; so the comparisons between the two studies are not apples to apples – more like cacti to oranges. Nevertheless, it’s interesting to see how similar the authors’ findings are, 10 years and 2,000 miles apart.
First, there’s the satisfaction:
Then, there’s the money:
The findings show there is a level of consistency we can expect from school choice, which we’ve seen in other areas researched
. Whether it’s vouchers or ESAs, the outcomes are promising. Or, as Zep front man Robert Plant belted in Ten Years Gone, “Flyin’ skys of fortune, each have separate ways….”