Journal Sentinel School Choice Blackout
Newspaper ignores new study with powerful results for voucher schools.
Dr. Patrick Wolf, Ph.D., is America’s leading academic scholar when it comes to evaluation of K-12 educational choice programs. His resume confirms his scholarly credentials.
Wolf’s extensive research on Milwaukee’s choice program adds importance to a new study, double-blind reviewed, that compares 8th and 9th grade choice students with peers in the Milwaukee Public Schools. With Dr. Corey DeAngelis, Ph.D., Wolf and DeAngelis conclude:
…[E]xposure to the [Milwaukee] program in eighth or ninth grade predicts conviction for criminal activity and lower rates of paternity suits. Specifically , exposure to the MPCP is associated with a reduction of 53 percent in drug convictions [and] 86 percent in property damage convictions…
More than a week ago, I emailed Annysa Johnson, the Journal Sentinel education reporter, asking if the paper intended to report these significant findings. She has not responded.
Johnson and the Journal Sentinel should be ground zero for reporting on school choice. The role of Milwaukee and Wisconsin, in what has become a national movement, has huge significance. This is especially so given that Joe Biden and President Trump have opposing positions on the issue.
Here’s the other verifiable news that Journal Sentinel readers have not read:
- On State of Wisconsin tests, there are 30 different ways to compare the academic proficiency of public and voucher students. On the most recently released results, voucher students out-performed low-income public students on 29 of 30 measures. Even more notable, they out-performed all public students on 24 of 30 measures.
- Voucher students outperform public school students on the college readiness ACT test.
- DPI Report Cards show that choice schools and charters have 90 percent of the highest performing schools in Milwaukee for schools with at least 80 percent students of color.
- While 49 percent of traditional Milwaukee public schools meet or exceed Report Card expectations, 68 percent of choice schools meet that threshold. In Racine, 77 percent of choice schools meet or exceed expectations compared to 46 percent of Racine public schools.
All this is news. To not report it is journalistic malfeasance.