Low-Income Scholarship Recipients “Highly Successful” in High School and Beyond

By Kathryn HickokCascadeNewLogo

The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice just released an exploratory study examining the graduates of the Children’s Scholarship Fund Baltimore. CSF Baltimore is a privately funded scholarship program helping low-income children in the Baltimore area to attend the tuition-based elementary schools of their parents’ or guardians’ choice. CSF Baltimore is a partner program of the New York-based Children’s Scholarship Fund.

According to the study:

“The study found that CSFB elementary scholarship recipients had indeed been highly successful in their post-elementary educational achievements. Nearly all CSFB alumni contacted had graduated from high school in four or fewer years after eighth grade―97 percent to be exact. This high percentage is nearly identical to tracking studies completed with Children’s Scholarship Fund programs in other metropolitan areas (Philadelphia, Charlotte, and Toledo). The percentage is much higher than the national high school graduation rate of 70 percent, and higher than the Baltimore City Public School (BCPS) graduation rate of 38 percent to 64 percent.”

Children’s Scholarship Fund partner programs empower students to overcome challenges through a strong foundation in their K-8 education. As these children grow up, studies show that the philanthropic investments made in their education―combined with the initiative, dedication, and involvement of parents and teachers―is paying off for tens of thousands of children who now have a better chance at success in high school, college, careers, and life.

Kathryn Hickok is Publications Director and Director of the Children’s Scholarship Fund-Portland at Cascade Policy Institute. CSF-Portland is a partner program of the New York-based Children’s Scholarship Fund.

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  • Gail

    Remember, for Dems, choice in schools is very, very bad. Choice to murder a baby good.
    These people are absolutely insane.

  • thevillageidiot

    an keep it private. Private charities are more beneficial than all the government subsidies combined. (they target the ones in need) the outcomes are better and better, more productive citizens in the world.

    • Eric Blair

      So what do we do when there isn’t enough private charity? How do we help those that need help, but can’t find any because charities are maxed out?

      In fact, if charities could provide more scholarships, we wouldn’t even have to have the debate about vouchers.

      • redbean

        No worries, the government monopoly school will still be open for babysitting.

        Charity is undertaken to make connections between individuals, not to reform entire systems. In time, change may come, but the inability to help everyone who wants it is no excuse to procrastinate. It’s OK to reach out, albeit imperfectly. “The perfect is the enemy of the good.” (Voltaire)

        We’re on the same page regarding a preference for scholarships over vouchers, although probably for different reasons. I’d be cautious to support vouchers since I can’t imagine them without strings attached that require obedience to the civil religion.

        • Eric Blair

          LOL.. I wasn’t worried, and there isn’t a governmental monopoly on schools. Last I saw, there were quite a few private schools out there.

          Actually, we are quite close on the desire for scholarships rather than vouchers, only if I really don’t care to have my tax dollars help support religious institutions.

          Out of curiosity, what do you mean by civil religion?

    • redbean

      The effects on the giver are also beneficial. Paying taxes keeps you out of jail, but voluntary giving of time and treasure changes the giver for the better.

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