There are persistent negative effects on both math and English language arts scores on state assessments for special education students enrolled in voucher programs. The recent study of the Indiana voucher program showed special education students performed worse than students in the study as a group.2
In addition, vouchers do not provide the support students and their families need. This is especially true for students with special education classifications. Special education students give up their rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act when they enroll in a private school.
Public schools offer more avenues for parents to advocate for their child, including filing a complaint for discrimination with their state’s education department, a civil rights complaint to the U.S. Department of Education, or a civil lawsuit. Because voucher programs fail to adequately serve and protect the rights of all students, they limit parents’ educational choices for their children rather than expand them.