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Trump Administration Advances School Vouchers Despite Scant Evidence

The concept of vouchers originated with economist Milton Friedman. In 1955 he argued that the government should not run schools but instead offer parents educational stipends.

Vouchers are the centerpiece of the Department of Education’s school reform plan. Until now, Washington, D.C., has been home to the only federally funded voucher program in the U.S.

A handful of other cities and states have experimented with small programs. Studies have found mixed to negative results in reading and math but higher high school graduation rates.