- Series: National Bureau of Economic Research Conference Report
- Hardcover: 376 pages
- Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226355330
- ISBN-13: 978-0226355337
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,464,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Economics of School Choice (National Bureau of Economic Research Conference Report) 1st Edition
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Combining the results of empirical research with analyses of the basic economic forces underlying local education markets, The Economics of School Choice presents evidence concerning the impact of school choice on student achievement, school productivity, teachers, and special education. It also tackles difficult questions such as whether school choice affects where people decide to live and how choice can be integrated into a system of school financing that gives children from different backgrounds equal access to resources. Contributors discuss the latest findings on Florida's school choice program as well as voucher programs and charter schools in several other states.
The resulting volume not only reveals the promise of school choice, but examines its pitfalls as well, showing how programs can be designed that exploit the idea's potential but avoid its worst effects. With school choice programs gradually becoming both more possible and more popular, this book stands out as an essential exploration of the effects such programs will have, and a necessary resource for anyone interested in the idea of school choice.
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Average public school productivity was about 65% higher in 1970-71 then in 1998-99. Author Hoxby examines evidence from vouchers in Milwaukee, charter schools in Michigan, and charter schools in Arizona and concludes that in each case public schools boosted productivity when exposed to competition. My experience involving a large school system near Phoenix in 2013 is that that district focuses on complaining about 'unfair competition' and insufficient funding, while doing very little, if anything, to actually improve pupil achievement.