Tuesday, October 04, 2005

10 voucher schools fail to disclose information

At the beginning of the school year, the Milwaukee Journal noted that there would be a close watch on that city's 130 or so voucher schools. They don't have to provide much information, just attendance rolls and financial statements, but those would be scrutinized by the media and policymakers, according to the Journal. Well, today, the Journal reported that 10 of the voucher schools didn't even report that much.

Lack of accountability remains one of the biggest problems for voucher supporters. Readers of this blog know that I think accountability is a bit overdone these days, especially as it relates to test scores that end up driving curriculum. But anyone would agree there needs to be some accountability. At least let the public know who's going to the school and how the money is being spent.

The public money for these private schools is, for now, being withheld.

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