Handbook Of Research On School Choice

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Since the early 1990s when the nation’s first charter school was opened in Minneapolis, the scope and availability of school-based options to parents has steadily expanded. No longer can public education be characterized as a monopoly. Sponsored by the National Center on School Choice (NCSC), this handbook makes readily available the most rigorous and policy-relevant research on K-12 school choice. Coverage includes charters, vouchers, home schooling, magnet schools, cyber schools, and other forms of choice, with the ultimate goal of defining the current state of this evolving field of research, policy, and practice.

Key Features include:

Comprehensive – this is the first book to provide a comprehensive review of what is known about the major forms of school choice from multiple perspectives: historical, political, economic, legal, methodological, and international. It also includes work on the governance, structure, process, effectiveness, and costs of school choice.

Readable – the editors and authors have taken care to translate rigorous research findings into comprehensible prose accessible to a broad range of readers.

International – in addition to thorough coverage of domestic research, the volume also draws on international and comparative studies of choice in foreign countries.

Expertise – the National Center on School Choice (NCSC) is a consortium that is headquartered at Vanderbilt University and includes the following partners: Brookings Institution, Brown University, Harvard University, National Bureau of Economic Research, Northwest Evaluation Association, and Stanford University.

This book is suitable for researchers, faculty and graduate students in education policy studies, politics of education, and social foundations of education. It should also be of interest to inservice administrators and policy makers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805862249
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/10/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 648
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Figures ix

Tables xi

Preface xiii

Introduction and Overview Mark Berends Matthew G. Springer Dale Ballou Herbert J. Walberg xv

Section I Perspectives on School Choice 1

1 Political Perspectives on School Choice Paul T. Hill Ashley E. Jochim 3

2 An Economic Perspective on School Choice Henry R. Levin 19

3 Social Perspectives on School Choice MArk Berends Genevieve C. Zottola 35

4 A Legal Perspective on School Choice Frank R. Kemerer 55

5 International Perspectives on School Choice Stephen P. Heyneman 79

Section II Charter Schools 97

6 Perspectives on Charter Schools Tom Loveless Katharyn Field 99

7 Politics and Governance in Charter Schools Kenneth K. Wong Shayna Klopott 115

8 Charter School Law Preston Green 137

9 The Social Context of Charter Schools Amy Stuart Wells 155

10 Charter School Finance Larry Maloney 179

11 The Competitive Effects of Charter Schools on Traditional Public Schools Julian R. Betts 195

12 Charter School Outcomes Bettie Teasley 209

13 An International Perspective on Publicly-Financed, Privately-Operated Schools Dominic J. Brewer Guilbert C. Hentschke 227

Section III School Vouchers 247

14 Voucher Impacts: Differences between Public and Private Schools Paul E. Peterson 249

15 Voucher Politics and Governance Joseph P. Viteritti 267

16 Voucher Law Clint Bolick 281

17 The Social Context of Vouchers Thomas J. Nechyba 289

18 Voucher Finance Dan Goldhaber 309

19 Voucher Outcomes David Figlio 321

20 An International Perspective on School Vouchers Felipe Barrera-Osorio Harry Anthony Patrinos 339

Section IV Magnet Schools 359

21 Perspectives on Magnet Schools Ellen B. Goldring 361

22 Legal Aspects of Magnet SchoolsChristine H. Rossell 379

23 The Social Context of Magnet Schools Claire Smrekar 393

24 Magnet School Outcomes Dale Ballou 409

Section V Private Schools 427

25 Perspectives on Private Schools Thomas B. Hoffer 429

26 Private Schools in Education Markets Derer Neal 447

27 Perspectives on Elite Boarding Schools Peter W. Cookson, Jr. 461

28 Perspectives on Catholic Schools Helen M. Marks 479

29 An International Perspective on Private Schools Ludger Woessmann 501

Section VI Other Forms of School Choice 519

30 Perspectives on Homeschooling Clive R. Belfield 521

31 Perspectives on Cyber and Homeschool Charters Luis A. Huerta Chand D'Entremont María Fernanda GonzÁalez 533

32 Perspectives on Educational Management Organizations Brian P. Gill Laura S. Hamilton Ron Zimmer 555

33 Supplemental Educational Services Under No Child Left Behind Matthew G. Springer Mattew J. Pepper Catherine D. Gardner Corey Bunje Bower 569

34 Education Tax Credits Adam B. Schaeffer 593

Contributors 615

Index 619

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