Education Study Shows Vouchers Benefit Students and Public Schools

Education Study Shows Vouchers Benefit Students and Public Schools

The Beacon Center of Tennessee has just released the highly anticipated “Saving Education” study, a new study on education, which focuses on the impact of opportunity scholarships, or vouchers, on the public school system. You can download the full study here.

The results were eye-opening to be sure, showing that students leaving public schools with vouchers are not the only ones who are helped, vouchers also benefit those children who stay in the public school system.

Because only a portion of per pupil funding follows a child in a voucher program, there will be a substantial amount of money left over for the public school district.

The study shows that on average, school districts across the state would have an additional $612 on top of fixed costs for every student that leaves the school district with a scholarship. Additionally, if a voucher program was focused on failing school districts, such as districts in Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Knoxville, these districts would save an average of more than $1,000 per student who left with a voucher.

“The teachers’ union keeps repeating the myth that opportunity scholarships would take away money from our public schools, but that has been proven wrong yet again,” said Beacon CEO Justin Owen.

August 19th, 2014 | Feature, Policy

2014 Pork Report Roasts Wasteful Spending

2014 Pork Report Roasts Wasteful Spending

Our 2014 Pork Report is finally here. Below is the interactive version of our pork report. If you would rather read the PDF version, you can read that here.

The ninth annual annual Tennessee Pork Report, exposed an astonishing $609 million in state and local government waste. The $609 million is the highest amount of government waste uncovered in a single year since Beacon started publishing the report.

Examples of wasteful spending outlined in the 2014 Pork Report include:

  • More than $180 million in wrongfully paid unemployment benefits by the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development, which includes benefits to felons and dead people. This blunder takes the prize of “Pork of the Year” in the report.
  • A school district with a $48.4 million blunder, where equipment—including computers and even cars—somehow came up missing.
  • $42.2 million on a swanky jetport in Cleveland to service high-end fliers.
  • $33 million towards a riverboat dock in Memphis that has been an unmitigated disaster so far.
  • A record-breaking $1.9 million wasted on state-owned golf courses.

“With more government waste, fraud, and abuse this past year than any before, the 2014 Pork Report will leave taxpayers seeing red,” said Beacon CEO Justin Owen. “It’s time for Tennesseans to start holding their elected officials accountable for the rampant misuse of their hard-earned money.”

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June 25th, 2014 | Beacon Blog, Feature, Policy, Recent News

Video: Families want School Choice NOW

Video: Families want School Choice NOW

In late January, Beacon and nine other organizations hosted a massive rally on Capitol Hill in support of educational freedom. We just released an inspiring video of the rally and the families who traveled hundreds of miles to make their voices heard. Click here to watch the full School Choice NOW video.

February 26th, 2014 | Feature, Policy, Tennessee Stories

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