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.
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About the Author
John Merrifield is a member of the Economics Faculty at the University of Texas, San Antonio, and a Senior Research Associate at the Education Policy Institute, Washington, D.C.
Table of ContentsChapter 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