Vouchers guarantee the best education for the disadvantaged

Hard evidence shows the benefits of school choice

A new study using the most robust statistical techniques available shows that the advantages of extending school choice using vouchers are very significant – and they benefit all children right across the social spectrum.

The study by US education expert Greg Forster*, published in Economic Affairs**, by the Institute of Economic Affairs, examines the large body of empirical evidence that arises from the US school choice programme which now encompasses 13 states. This programme has radically freed the education sector from the heavy hand of government regulation and has raised standards. The following results have been highlighted by the study:

• Voucher programmes raise standards across the board for those who participate in th