Vouchers: a Love Story

Have You Heard kicks off season 2 with a look at all things voucher-y. Jack Schneider and I talk about the history of school vouchers, the movement’s strange bedfellows, and why the public has remained remarkably skeptical towards vouchers. We mix it up with school choice superfan Travis Pillow over who is really using vouchers in states like Indiana, Maryland and Wisconsin. And I use an, um, unusual descriptor to describe the results of Louisiana’s voucher program. Let me know what you think!


  1. Keep of the good work.
    Voucher are not always about school quality. They can be about what’s best for the student. A caregiver who is squeaky because a student sharing information about a classroom environment day-in-and-day-out, ends up being singled out as trouble for the school. I saw this with my child, and other parents have shared their stories with me. Sometimes the local school is not the right mix. Adults change jobs waiting for the right fit. Why should students have the best option for learning the way they learn without a giant legal nightmare that goes to SCOTUS. Just saying.

    1. Refreshingly civil. Jack, you are a master. Jenn, you are amazing, too. I came here because of your Holy Warriors article. It was stunningly articulate and I loved how you led us to the edge of a conclusion but let us draw it ourselves. That said, can you explain the the intent during the part of the program where you two dropped into a private conversation about how it was going? Could the guest hear what was said? On one hand, I applaud the transparency. On the other hand … (I’ll let you draw your own conclusions).

      1. Thanks so much for reading AND listening! That was the first episode Jack and I have done together and we’re experimenting with different ways of structuring the time so that it’s not just “two people talking about something education related.” The private conversation was my idea – Travis was on hold for that. I think we just told him that we were going off for a bit to talk amongst ourselves. I liked the effect but also see how it could come across as, well, hurtful. We’re plan on doing one of these every two weeks – so lots of opportunities to experiment!

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