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Economics of the Voucher System


by Eli Ginzberg 1971

There are good reasons for citizens to be concerned about the halting progress which we have made to speed school desegregation and to improve the quality of education for the ghetto child. The effective reform of the large city school systems will not be easy, which helps to explain why a White House Task Force some years ago, in an unpublished report, unanimously recommended the establishment in each major metropolis of a competitive system of education subsidized by large federal funds for a period of a decade or more. Here was a remedy cut to size. The voucher system is not. Moreover, vouchers threaten many values that need reinforcing, not weakening. The country needs institutional reforms, not more gimmicks.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 72 Number 3, 1971, p. 373-382
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1646, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 6:00:56 PM

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  • Eli Ginzberg
    Columbia University
    Eli Ginzberg is A. Barton Hepburn professor of economics and director of the Conservation of Human Resources Project at Columbia University. Dr. Ginzberg is the author of, among other works, Urban Health Services: The Case of New York and Career Guidance, to be published shortly by McGraw-Httl.
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