Naturally, voucher proponents have all kinds of excuses for the survey's results:
But Republicans and other voucher supporters said it is too soon to judge.
"The report's findings are in step with rigorous studies of other voucher programs which have not typically found impacts on student achievement in the first year," U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings said in a statement. "We know that parents are pleased with the success of the program in providing effective education alternatives."
It's hard for the Bush administration to argue with the big money voucher proponents have been pouring into politicians who are willing to cast their votes against public education.