Who Chooses? Who Loses?: Culture, Institutions, and the Unequal Effects of School Choice / Edition 1

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Controversial claims are being debated about school choice and the application of market dynamics to education. But the polemics have out-paced hard evidence regarding who participates in school choice experiments and what effects are felt by parents, children, and schools. Who Chooses? Who Loses?: Culture Institutions, and the Unequal Effects of School Choice reports and analyzes the most recent data available on choice programs nationwide - ranging from such diverse cities as Milwaukee, St. Louis, Detroit, and San Antonio. The important issues involved in school choice - such as the short- and long-term effects on students, minority student views, vouchers, magnets, and private school programs overseas - are clearly capsulized and explored. This valuable work, the newest addition to the Sociology of Education Series, is of great import as a supplemental text in graduate courses in educational policy, administration, applied social research, and foundations, especially sociology of education; and is also of interest to policy makers, educational researchers, other professionals, parents, and those interested in getting to the core of the school choice debate.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807735374
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Series: Sociology of Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Policy-Making in the Dark: Illuminating the School Choice Debate 1
2 African-American Students' View of School Choice 25
3 Public School Choice in San Antonio: Who Chooses and with What Effects? 50
4 Equity and Choice in Detroit 70
5 The Local Dynamics of Choice: Ethnic Preferences and Institutional Responses 95
6 Who Benefits from the Milwaukee Choice Program? 118
7 Public and Private Schools Overseas: Contrasts in Organization and Effectiveness 138
8 After 15 Years: Magnet Schools in Urban Education 154
9 Lessons from the Largest School Voucher Program: Two Decades of Experience with Pell Grants 173
10 Conclusion: Empirical Research on Educational Choice: What Are the Implications for Policy-Makers? 187
About the Editors and the Authors 203
Index 207
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