Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Study shows the big bang economic boon of school choice

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Not only is the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program good for the kids, it’s good for the community, too.

MILWAUKEE — A new study says the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program will have a $473 million economic impact on the Milwaukee area by 2035 because of higher graduation rates for voucher school students compared to their peers in Milwaukee Public Schools.

“There are many well-known benefits of graduating from high school,” Will Flanders, co-author of the study and education research director for the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, told Watchdog in an interview. “You can have access to better jobs. You’re more likely to have health insurance and therefore likely to be in better health. You’re likely to have a better income and less likely to become reliant on social welfare programs.”

The study also found that the choice program will generate $26 million more in economic benefit to Milwaukee than similar students in MPS because they are less likely to commit a crime.

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