December 17, 2013: Libby A. Nelson on Politico's Morning Education reports:
WALTON FAMILY FOUNDATION WANTS TO DOUBLE PRIVATE SCHOOL VOUCHERS: The Walton Family Foundation said this morning that it’s pouring $6 million into the Alliance for School Choice in an effort to double the number of children using school vouchers by 2017. About 300,000 students now attend private schools via public money.
In the Walton Foundation release, Marc Sternberg, at left, director of the foundation's "K-12 Systemic Education Reform Focus Area," said "“The work of ASC is vital to improving K-12 public education, especially for low-income communities...Empowering parents to choose the best school for their child impacts the lives of individual students and can inspire the broader public education system to improve in all sectors – traditional public schools, private schools and public charter schools.”
Prior to joining the Walton Foundation three months ago, Sternberg was senior deputy chancellor of the New York City Department of Education under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in charge of charter school development.
The release also included data from a 2012 study by the Brown Center of Education Policy at Brookings and the Harvard Kennedy School Program on Education Policy and Governance, "The Effects of School Vouchers on College Enrollment," that said, "we find evidence of large, significant impacts on African Americans, and ... statistically insignificant impacts on Hispanic students. A voucher offer...increased the overall...[college] enrollment rate of African Americans by 7.1 percentage points, and increase of 20%...[and] 8.7 percentage points, a 24% increase, "if the offered [vouicher] scholarship was actually used to attend private school..."