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Charters, Vouchers, and Public Education


reviewed by Carol Ascher — 2003

coverTitle: Charters, Vouchers, and Public Education
Author(s): Paul E. Peterson and David E. Campbell (Editors)
Publisher: Brookings Institution, Washington D.C.
ISBN: 081577026X, Pages: 320, Year: 2001
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Apparently an increasing number of Americans believe that families should be able to choose their children’s elementary and secondary schools.  This belief in the benefits of public school choice, charter schools, and vouchers is the result of both an economic system that stresses competition and choice as universal engines of improvement, and failing schools in low-income neighborhoods of color that make choosing another school seem an immediate solution for some families. Yet if some families rightly view choice as a means of escape, the choice movement has been propelled by promises of systemic school improvement, greater desegregation and equity, and even better preparation for civic life in a democracy among students.   Charters, Vouchers, and Public Education, edited by Paul Peterson and David Campbell, is based on essays first presented at a Program on Education Policy and Governance held at Harvard University in March 2000.  Shortly before then, Peterson aroused controversy in the academic world with his methodologically controversial analyses of voucher programs, and his positive spin on... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 1, 2003, p. 128-133
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10914, Date Accessed: 8/20/2017 11:31:13 AM

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