Segregation Levels in Milwaukee Public Schools and the Milwaukee Voucher Program
Examining the widespread claims that private schools have high segregation levels and vouchers will lead to greater segregation, this study finds that both assertions are empirically unsupportable. Private schools participating in Milwaukee’s voucher program are much less segregated than Milwaukee’s public schools. This means that students using the voucher program are gaining access to a more integrated school experience. The study also examines segregation levels nationwide and fi nds no substantial difference between public and private schools. While these fi ndings are descriptive rather than causal, they are suffi cient to show that the claims made by opponents of voucher programs are without any empirical foundation.