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Civic Report
No. 38 June 2003


Vouchers for Special Education Students: An Evaluation of Florida’s McKay Scholarship Program

WHAT THE PRESS SAID

Learning How Vouchers Help Disabled Children By Jay P. Greene and Greg Forster, Trenton Times, 7-23-04

Private schools don't always fill needs (Subscription required), Miami Herald, 7-25-04

Passing the test: Parents vouch for McKay Scholarships, which give learning-disabled children an alternative, Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Florida), 7-4-04

Vouchers Do Help Disabled Students, The Tampa Tribune, 12-11-03

CSPAN with Jay Greene, (RealPlayer required)

Special Voucher Results, Wall Street Journal, 6-19-03

Survey Says Parents Using Fla. 'McKay' Vouchers Satisfied, Education Week, 6-18-03

Education: A way out, Florida Times-Union, 6-15-03

A new model for special ed; Voucher plan could ease Mass. woes, by Jay P. Greene and Greg Forster, The Boston Herald, 6-15-03

Statement by John Boehner, Chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee

Voucherizing Special Education, New York Sun, 6-12-03


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WHAT THE PRESS SAID

SUMMARY:
This new study, by Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Jay P. Greene, Ph.D. and Greg Forster, Ph.D., is the first empirical examination of the Florida McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities, the nation’s second largest voucher program and the first and only program to offer school vouchers to all special education students in public schools. The study, through telephone surveys of parents of both current and former voucher recipients, shows that participants in the McKay program are being significantly better served by McKay schools compared to the child’s previous public school—regardless of the race, income, or disability level of the voucher recipient.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Executive Summary

About the Authors

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Background

Previous Research

Method

Results

Parental Satisfaction

Class Size

Services Provided

Individual Education Plans

Behavior Problems

Problems with Other Students

Tuition and Fees Above the Scholarship

Demographics

Difficulty Finding an Acceptable School

Transportation

Whether the McKay Program Should Continue

Conclusion

References

Appendix A: Tables and Figures

Appendix B

Appendix C: Survey Methodology

 


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