Schools, Vouchers, and the American Public

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Brookings Institution Press, May 13, 2004 - Education - 474 pages
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"Moe's new book is not an argument for or against vouchers; it is an analysis of public opinion on vouchers that is likely to be very influential in shaping the movement's future. Moe has written a nuanced and thoughtful treatise that goes beneath the notoriously unreliable single-shot question favored by the media: Do you favor or oppose school vouchers?" Richard D. Kahlenberg in The Nation "In a brilliant, definitive analysis of the subject, Terry Moe tells us who does—and does not—like vouchers as well as who says they will use them, if the opportunity arises. He illuminates not only the school choice debate but the nature of public opinion more generally." Paul E. Peterson, Harvard University "No book tells us more about how Americans evaluate schools.... This book will be the starting point for anyone interested in any school reform, not just vouchers. A model analysis of public opinion on a public policy." —Samuel Popkin, University of California-San Diego "Finally, a book on school vouchers that explores what ordinary Americans want and believe when thoughtfully engaged on the issue." —Stephen D. Sugarman, University of California


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Satisfaction with the Public Schools
Why So Much Satisfaction?
Explaining Satisfaction
The Attraction of Private Schools
Support for Vouchers
The Consequences of a Voucher System
Regulating a Voucher System
Public Opinion Politics and the Future
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About the author (2004)

Terry M. Moeis professor of political science at Stanford University and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has written extensively on American education and American political institutions and coauthored (with John E. Chubb) Politics, Markets, and America's Schools.

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