Learning from School Choice

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Paul E. Peterson, Bryan C. Hassel
Brookings Institution Press, Jul 1, 1998 - Education - 442 pages

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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Contents

School Choice A Report Card
3
The Case for Charter Schools
33
SCHOOL CHOICE AND SCHOOL REFORM
53
Governance and Educational Quality
55
Civic Values in Public and Private Schools
83
Policy Churn and the Plight of Urban School Reform
107
PUBLIC SCHOOL CHOICE
131
Analyzing School Choice Reforms That Use Americas Traditional Forms of Parental Choice
133
VOUCHERS FOR PRIVATE SCHOOLS
273
Comparing Public Choice and Private Voucher Programs in San Antonio
275
Evidence from the Indianapolis Voucher Program
307
School Choice in Milwaukee A Randomized Experiment
335
Lessons from the Cleveland Scholarship Program
357
CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES
393
Why Parents Should Choose
395
School Choice and State Constitutional Law
409

Interdistrict Choice in Massachusetts
157
Charter Schools as Seen by Students Teachers and Parents
187
The Performance of Privately Managed Schools An Early Look at the Edison Project
213
Charter Schools Politics and Practice in Four States
249
Contributors
429
Index
431
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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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