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The Washington Times...a sharp, punchy, action-oriented book. The author...appears to have read — and cited — every article and study on school choice ever written.
— Martin Morse Wooster
What does the term 'school choice' mean to you? Opponents of parental choice have muddied its definition, misleading parents and educators and drawing public debate away from the core issues. In a book geared for anyone who wants to better understand this hotly contested topic, Merrifield clarifies the proposals in existence today, defining the key concepts related to choice. Arguing for a competitive education industry, he discusses policy and political strategy mistakes while suggesting corrections. This informative book covers government regulation issues, typical fallacies, diversity issues, private voucher initiatives, and experiments and empirical evidence about competition.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Elements of a Competitive Education Industry Chapter 3 Experiments Chapter 4 Real Evidence About Competition Chapter 5 Liberal/Conservative Role Reversal Chapter 6 Fallacies About School Choice Chapter 7 Government Regulation Issues Chapter 8 The Neglect of Costs Chapter 9 Fund Children or Institutions? Chapter 10 Equity and Equality Chapter 11 Diversity Issues Chapter 12 Strategic and Tactical Fallacies Chapter 13 Private Voucher Initiatives Chapter 14 Teachers Chapter 15 Outlook and Political Strategy