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Schools, Vouchers and the American Public


reviewed by Clive Belfield — 2002

coverTitle: Schools, Vouchers and the American Public
Author(s): Terry M. Moe
Publisher: Brookings Institution, Washington D.C.
ISBN: 0815758081 , Pages: 350, Year: 2001
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This book is Professor Moe’s contribution to the school choice / voucher maelstrom. Those expecting it to stir things up further will, however, be disappointed. There are some important ideas and discussion here, but they are delivered in a deliberative, measured tone. To begin, Moe summarizes recent voucher politics; and to conclude, he considers possible future pro-voucher reform. But essentially, Schools, Vouchers and the American Public is a discussion of the findings from a large-scale survey. This survey is of approximately 4700 individuals (parents and non-parents) from random-digit dialing across the US in 1995, on a barrage of highly specific questions about education, vouchers, and public school quality. Professor Moe works this survey pretty hard, with over 80 tables interspersed through the text. The book reads well, nonetheless, helped by the author’s candor about his support for public school reform schooling and acknowledgment of where the evidence is sparse, or where voucher advocates fail to make a good case. Part I (Chapters 1–5) focuses on general views... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 1, 2002, p. 81-84
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10769, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 11:44:52 AM

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  • Clive Belfield
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    Clive Belfield is an economist with the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education at Teachers College. His research interests focus on privatization and cost-effectiveness. He has published in a number of academic journals, including Economics of Education Review, Research in Higher Education, Education Economics and The Scottish Journal of Political Economy. His most recent book is Economic Principles for Education: Theory and Evidence (Edward Elgar, 2000).
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