The Education Gap: Vouchers and Urban Schools [NOOK Book]

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The voucher debate has been both intense and ideologically polarizing, in good part because so little is known about how voucher programs operate in practice. In The Education Gap, William Howell and Paul Peterson report new findings drawn from the most comprehensive study on vouchers conducted to date.

Added to the paperback edition of this groundbreaking volume are the authors' insights into the latest school choice developments in American education, including new voucher ...

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The Education Gap: Vouchers and Urban Schools

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Overview

The voucher debate has been both intense and ideologically polarizing, in good part because so little is known about how voucher programs operate in practice. In The Education Gap, William Howell and Paul Peterson report new findings drawn from the most comprehensive study on vouchers conducted to date.

Added to the paperback edition of this groundbreaking volume are the authors' insights into the latest school choice developments in American education, including new voucher initiatives, charter school expansion, and public-school choice under No Child Left Behind. The authors review the significance of state and federal court decisions as well as recent scholarly debates over choice impacts on student performance. In addition, the authors present new findings on which parents choose private schools and the consequences the decision has for their children's education. Updated and expanded, The Education Gap remains an indispensable source of original research on school vouchers.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The authors' RFT design sets this study apart from most of the earlier school choice studies...the authors' sophisticated and skillfully presented research elevates a debate that has been largely limited to the realm of politics and public opinion...This impressive volume should be required reading for anyone nvolved in K-12 research or policymaking." —Michael F. Addonizio, Wayne State University, Book Review

"This is the most important book ever written on the subject of vouchers." —John E. Brandl, University of Minnesota, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs

"Love them or hate them, vouchers are on the agenda. Because of the strength of its research design and the daunting financial and administrative hurdles facing anyone who tries to launch another randomized evaluation of vouchers, The Education Gap will provide an important intellectual battleground for the debate over vouchers for years to come." —Alan B. Krueger, Princeton University

"provide[s] convincing evidence that someone should fund a large, multi-year program that pays all the tuition for any low-income parent who wants to send a child to a private school." —Martin Morse Wooster, The Washington Times, 9/22/2002

"A well-crafted piece of work." —Frances C. Fowler, Miami of Ohio University, Educational Researcher, 3/1/2003

"Presents the results of what has been called the most comprehensive study on vouchers conducted to date." — Education Week, 8/7/2002

Journal of Politics
"A major contribution of this study lies in its application of randomized field trials . . . [which] are rarely used in educational research."
Perspectives on Politics
"Howell and Peterson have made a tremendous contribution to the study of small-scale voucher programs and their consequences. The methods and findings presented in The Education Gap establish a new standard of excellence in policy research and lay the ground for even more carefully calibrated future work."
American Journal of Education
"Howell and Peterson have set a very high standard not only for voucher research but for the evaluation of educational reforms more generally. . . . Their usage of sophisticated methodologies and their breadth of outcome measurements establish this as the definitive scholarly work on voucher programs in the United States."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815798811
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
  • Publication date: 5/13/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

William G. Howell is an associate professor in the Government Department at Harvard University and deputy director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard. Paul E. Peterson is the Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government at Harvard, the director of PEPG, and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is author or editor of numerous books, including The Education Gap: Vouchers and Urban Schools, with William G. Howell (Brookings, 2004 and 2006). He is coeditor (with Martin West) of No Child Left Behind? The Practice and Politics of School Accountability (Brookings, 2003).

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Acknowledgments
1 School Choice and American Democracy
2 Evaluating Voucher Programs
3 Seeking and Using a Voucher
4 Attending Urban Schools
5 Social Consequences
6 The Urban Test Score Gap
7 Satisfaction with Urban Schools
8 Vouchers and Urban Schools
Afterword
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