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Students using vouchers to attend private schools have no academic edge over their public school peers, according to a report released Thursday by the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability.

“There’s a substantial amount of evidence about what does and doesn’t work to enhance student achievement,” said Ralph Martire, the executive director of CTBA, a Chicago-based think tank. “Indiana’s approach runs contrary to what those best practices indicate you should do.”

Indiana’s school choice legislation is the most comprehensive in the nation, Martire said. It includes a voucher program, tax deductions and tax credits for parents who send their children to private schools, according to the report.

The report is a meta-analysis that looks at the results from studies of voucher programs in Milwaukee, Cleveland and Washington, D.C., as well as federal research on the effectiveness of charter and private schools. None of the studies that the authors analyzed found any evidence that students who received vouchers outperformed students who went to public schools, the report said.

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April 16, 2015


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July 30, 2014

The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA) released a new report, A Fiscal Review of the Chicago Housing Authority. CTBA’s analysis of the Chicago House Authority’s (CHA) own budget reports revealed that the CHA built up a large cash reserve while tens of thousands of households wait for affordable housing. 

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April 7, 2014

On April 7, 2014, the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA) released a new report, Good for Business: How Illinois Can Best Support Small Business, which highlights the best practices and policy initiatives decision makers could take to support small businesses in Illinois.

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January 23, 2014

The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA) released an Issue Brief, “How Does Illinois Spending on Public Services Compare to Other States?”. The Issue Brief delineates how under objective evaluation, Illinois ranks near the bottom in spending on core services like education, healthcare, human services, and public safety. Over the last 10 years, overall spending on services in Illinois has declined in real terms after adjusting for inflation.

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June 4, 2013

Chicago, IL (June 4, 2013) - The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA) released a detailed analysis of the state's recently enacted FY2014 General Fund budget. The report places the FY2014 budget in context of the state's long-term spending patterns, budget problems and tax policy.

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February 19, 2013

Today the Equity and Excellence Commission, appointed by U. S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan to examine disparities in educational opportunities with a focus on systems of finance, will release the results of its 2-year investigation in a report: "For Each and Every Child." CTBA Executive Director Ralph Martire is a federal commissioner.

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June 20, 2012

Chicago, IL  — Both President Obama and the Republicans who control Congress want to extend the Bush tax cuts in ways that will advantage affluent taxpayers over everyone else. However, according to a new analysis from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) and Citizens for Tax

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January 18, 2012

CTBA issues joint release and comments on Good Jobs First findings that states lack sound, consistent policies to enforce job-creation and other performance requirements in economic development subsidy programs.

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July 14, 2011

CBS Channel 2 - Martire Interviewed on $600 million opportunity for IL budget by CBS Channel 2's Kristyn Hartman for the 10:00 p.m. newscast on the issue of "decoupling" Illinois corporate income tax law from the recently passed federal bonus depreciation rules.

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