WPRI School Choice Study: Clarification or Recantation?
Not only did we critique the assumptions and methodology of the study, we published a penetrating dissection of the study by George Mitchell.
Now George Lightbourn, a fellow at WPRI, jumps in with comments strongly supportive of school choice.
Unfortunately, the headline in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel read, “Choice May Not Improve Schools.” That headline not only misrepresented the study, it energized those who are dying to go back to the days when parents were forced to send their children to whichever MPS school the educrats thought best.Unfortunately, the tone of the original study is pretty much accurately reflected in the Journal-Sentinel article.
So that there is no misunderstanding, WPRI is unhesitant in supporting school choice. School choice is working and should be improved and expanded. School choice is good for Milwaukee’s children.
Give the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute credit for having the integrity to publish a study that ran contrary to its long-established support for school choice.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t a very good study.
We have written three articles for The Wisconsin Interest, a publication of WPRI, and been paid for the articles. But of course, if that had corrupted our journalistic judgment, you wouldn’t be reading this.