Jessica Levin Discusses the Discriminatory Impact of Expanding Private School Voucher Programs

Jessica Levin (’14), Senior Attorney at Education Law Center and Director of Public Funds Public Schools, authored an article for The Progressive magazine addressing how redirecting public money to private institutions undermines education as a public good (“The Problem with Private School Vouchers,” Aug. 11). “Private school vouchers rob the public treasury, pay for discrimination, do not improve student outcomes, increase segregation, and weaken an enormously important public good. . . . Much work needs to be done to counter this push to defund the nation’s public schools, stratify communities along racial and economic lines, and create an education ‘marketplace’ with no regard for quality or accountability. That work is happening everywhere, taken up by students, parents, educators, advocates, lawyers, elected officials, and everybody else who values public schools as crucial community institutions.”