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Review of Unleashing Educational Opportunity: The Untapped Potential of Expanded Tax Credit Scholarships
Think Twice - Oct 22, 2020
Publisher/Think Tank - Commonwealth Foundation
Author(s) - Corey DeAngelis
A Commonwealth Foundation report argues that expanding a program that uses tax credits to create vouchers for private schooling can lead to large economic gains for the state of Pennsylvania. Such gains would result from two purported benefits: increased lifetime earnings for those attending private schools on vouchers, and reduced social costs associated with crime.
Reviewer(s) - Bruce Baker, Rutgers University
Bruce Baker of Rutgers University reviewed Unleashing Educational Opportunity: The Untapped Potential of Expanded Tax Credit Scholarships, and found issues that undermine the report’s conclusions and its usefulness. The report’s assertions, Professor Baker points out, are based on the erroneous claim that a vast body of rigorous research shows higher academic achievement among voucher recipients and shows that these voucher recipients are more likely to attend and graduate college and less likely to commit felonies.