School Choice: The Findings

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Cato Institute, 2007 - Education - 132 pages
School Choice: The Findings is the most comprehensive and up-to-date survey available summarizing the research on charter schools, vouchers, and public versus private school effectiveness. The focus is on rigorous studies - those using randomized control groups (as in medical research), those that monitor achievement changes over time, and those based on large numbers of students. The findings reviewed here go beyond academic achievement, covering students' civic engagement, cost comparisons across school types, and public and parental opinion about schools and school choice. The consensus of this research overwhelmingly favors competition and parental choice in education.
 

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Contents

2 Charter School Effects
19
3 Education Voucher Effects
35
4 Private School Effects
61
5 Geopolitical Area Choice Effects
79
6 Customer Satisfaction
91
7 Major Findings and Conclusions
103
Notes
111
Index
125
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Herbert J. Walberg, a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Koret Task Force on K-12 Education, is a University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago and chairman of the board of directors of the Heartland Institute in Chicago. (updated 10-2006)

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