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Market Movements: African American Involvement in School Voucher Reform


reviewed by Paul E. Peterson September 05, 2007

coverTitle: Market Movements: African American Involvement in School Voucher Reform
Author(s): Thomas C. Pedroni
Publisher: Routledge, New York
ISBN: 0415956080, Pages: 172, Year: 2007
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Milwaukee has the largest, longest-running school voucher program available to central-city students from low-income families. Begun in 1990, the voucher program was expanded in 1998 to include schools with a religious affiliation, and it is expected to serve nearly 20,000 in 2007, over 15 percent of the City’s school population. As such, it raises a host of questions: 1) Who makes use of a voucher when offered? The best and the brightest? The devout? The most needy? Or a cross section of everyone? 2) What happens to students at voucher schools? Do they learn more? Are they more likely to graduate from high school, or go on to college? 3)  Do the higher quality private schools drive out the lower quality ones? Or vice versa?  4) What is the impact of vouchers on traditional public schools? Does the school board give more autonomy to principals? Is the collective bargaining contract... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 05, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14599, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 6:06:01 AM

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  • Paul Peterson
    Harvard University
    PAUL PETERSON is the Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government and Director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University, a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and Editor-In-Chief of Education Next, a journal of opinion and research on education policy. He is a former director of the Governmental Studies program at the Brookings Institution. Peterson is the author or editor of over one hundred articles and thirty-plus books.
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