Michelle Rhee: Vouchers should be limited, ‘heavily regulated’

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Michelle Rhee clarifies her position on vouchers, tax-credited scholarships and education savings accounts in this interview with Sean Cavanagh at Education Week. To sum up: She thinks they should be limited to low-income students. And there needs to be transparency and accountability. “It has to be a heavily regulated industry,” she told Cavanagh. “I believe in accountability across the board. If you’re going to be having a publicly funded voucher program, then kids have to be taking standardized tests. We have to be measuring whether kids are academically better off in this private school with this voucher than they would be going to their failing neighborhood school. If they’re not, they shouldn’t get the voucher. … I’m about choice only if it results in better outcomes and opportunities for kids.” Full post here.

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