First the report, http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/pubs/20104018/pdf/20104018.pdf One story, there are many you can search from in case you do not like this provider http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/22/AR2010062204487.html or and older one http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2009/05/so_long_school_choice The final report on the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program was released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute for Education Sciences. Although there was no conclusive evidence that the program affected student test scores, researchers found important benefits in graduation rates and parental satisfaction. The graduation rate for students who were offered scholarships was 82 percent, compared with 70 percent for those not in the program. The average cost per student to this program is 6,620, the average expenditure per student in Washington DC is over 28,000. Yes, 28,000 because that covers the entire budget to the education department of which teachers are a small part. Many cities like to split off costs like admin and such but if its in the budget shouldn't that figure be divided by the number of students instead of some imaginary number? Vouchers need to be available in areas where its shown that children need the most help. Far too many schools are caught cheating on testing and that hurts the kids. Competition is a good thing and its been far too long missing in education. A monopoly hurts the consumer whether caused by private entities or government.