Why Not School Choice?

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While educators, parents and policymakers are still debating the pros and cons of school choice, it is now possible to learn from choice experiments in public, private, and charter schools across the country. This book examines the evidence from these early school choice programs and looks at the larger implications of choice and competition in education.

Paul Peterson makes a strong case for school choice in central cities, and coeditor Bryan Hassel offers the case for charter ...

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Overview

While educators, parents and policymakers are still debating the pros and cons of school choice, it is now possible to learn from choice experiments in public, private, and charter schools across the country. This book examines the evidence from these early school choice programs and looks at the larger implications of choice and competition in education.

Paul Peterson makes a strong case for school choice in central cities, and coeditor Bryan Hassel offers the case for charter schools. John E. Brandl offers his vision of school governance in the next century. The book's other contributors--economists, political scientists, and education specialists--provide case studies of the experience with voucher programs in Indianapolis, San Antonio, Cleveland, and Milwaukee; survey charter schools; analyze public school choice; discuss constitutional issues; and study the effects of private education on democratic values.

Contributors include David J. Armor, George Mason University; Chester E. Finn Jr. and Bruno V. Manno, Hudson Institute; Caroline M. Hoxby, Harvard University; Brett M. Peiser, Partnerships in Learning; and Joseph P. Viteritti, New York University.

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Editorial Reviews

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"An invaluable resource for documenting claims for school choice and referencing bibliography sources." —School Reform News, School Reform News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815770152
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Pages: 460
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

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). Bryan C. Hassel is director of Public Impact, an education and policy consulting firm based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Introduction
1 School Choice: A Report Card 3
2 The Case for Charter Schools 33
Pt. 2 School Choice and School Reform
3 Governance and Educational Quality 55
4 Civic Values in Public and Private Schools 83
5 Policy Churn and the Plight of Urban School Reform 107
Pt. 3 Public School Choice
6 Analyzing School Choice Reforms That Use America's Traditional Forms of Parental Choice 133
7 Interdistrict Choice in Massachusetts 157
8 Charter Schools as Seen by Students, Teachers, and Parents 187
9 The Performance of Privately Managed Schools: An Early Look at the Edison Project 213
10 Charter Schools: Politics and Practice in Four States 249
Pt. 4 Vouchers for Private Schools
11 Comparing Public Choice and Private Voucher Programs in San Antonio 275
12 Evidence from the Indianapolis Voucher Program 307
13 School Choice in Milwaukee: A Randomized Experiment 335
14 Lessons from the Cleveland Scholarship Program 357
Pt. 5 Constitutional Issues
15 Why Parents Should Choose 395
16 School Choice and State Constitutional Law 409
Contributors 429
Index 431
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