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The Privatization of School Choice: Consequences for Parents, Schools, and Public Policy


reviewed by Gerald W. Bracey 2006

coverTitle: The Privatization of School Choice: Consequences for Parents, Schools, and Public Policy
Author(s): Clive R. Belfield and Henry M. Levin
Publisher: Paradigm Publishers, Boulder
ISBN: 1594511152, Pages: 223, Year: 2005
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One of the most important aspects of Privatizing School Choice is what isn’t there: partisan passions.  Indeed, on page 1 the authors advise, This book represents an attempt to broaden knowledge and understanding of educational privatization by demonstrating its diverse forms and consequences.  It is important to note that we are neither advocates nor opponents of educational privatization.  We both have a strong belief that policy on the subject needs to be informed by knowledge and understanding rather than emotions and symbolism.  Thus, this book is written in the spirit of an attempt at balanced analysis on a controversial subject. For the most part, the book is true to that spirit, although it might be a bit misleading to say “this book is written” because most of the chapters have appeared earlier in periodicals, as the authors acknowledge.  The result, then, is more of a series of stand-alone theses rather than... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 8, 2006, p. 1623-1628
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12258, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 4:06:57 PM

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  • Gerald Bracey

    GERALD V. BRACEY is an independent researcher and writer in Alexandria, VA. He writes monthly columns on educational research and policy for Phi Delta Kappan and Principal Leadership. A book attempting to make non-researchers wiser consumers of statistics will be published by Heinemann in February, 2006 under the title Reading Educational Research: How to Avoid Getting Statistically Snookered.
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