Michelle Rhee skeptical of Romney school voucher plan

Ron Matus

Fresh from Sean Cavanagh at Education Week, after interviewing Michelle Rhee at the DNC:

Rhee was skeptical of Republican challenger Mitt Romney’s proposal to allow parents to use federal Title I and special-education money for private school vouchers.

While Rhee backs vouchers for impoverished students in academically struggling schools, she said there were far better strategies for large-scale school improvement than Romney’s plan.

Universal voucher plans are not financially feasible, Rhee argued, especially given the state of the economy.

And a large-scale voucher plan like Romney is “only a sliver of what should be happen to fix the system,” she said. “Unless you have a comprehensive set of policies, then that in and of itself is not going to have much of any impact.

Doug Tuthill’s take on Michelle Rhee and her school choice evolution here. Researcher Matthew Ladner’s take here.

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