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In This Report, You’ll Learn
How Casey made a difference in the Washington, D.C. voucher program at the time of this report.
The challenges of implementing a voucher program across public, private and parochial schools.
Who partnered with Casey to leverage more funding and support for the D.C. program.
Why data collection and analysis is important in reviewing educational improvements.
When school vouchers first became an option, the Annie E. Casey Foundation supported the effort, hoping to give poverty-stricken kids a chance at a quality education. This publication presents an in-depth look at Casey’s investment in the Washington, D.C. voucher effort and summarizes results and lessons learned at the time of the report.
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Parents with vouchers increased involvement in their children’s education.
Casey’s involvement and credibility in the controversial vouchers program reinforced the notion that vouchers may be a means to provide quality education choices to low-income families.
Findings & Stats
More than 6,300 students in Washington D.C. applied for roughly 1,800 vouchers during the first 3 years of the program.
82% of the D.C. voucher program recipients were minorities.
Voucher recipient parents were far more likely to give their child’s school a grade of A or B than parents of students who didn’t receive vouchers.
Statements & Quotations
Voucher students have demonstrated improved work ethic, better attitude toward learning, and increased self-esteem.
The Foundation is a well-respected organization with a broad child and family agenda. If Casey is funding it, then it must be worth taking a look at it.
– Sally Sachar, former CEO, Washington Scholarship Fund
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