A report from the Manhattan Institute argues that public funding for education in the United States should be divided between traditional district public schools, charter schools, and private schools, with funding decisions based on student enrollment. The Case for Educational Pluralism in the U.S. asserts that expanding public funding to...
A report by the Urban Institute, The Effects of Means-Tested Private School Choice Programs on College Enrollment and Graduation, compares certain outcomes of three school voucher programs to traditional public school programs. It finds that students using vouchers to attend private schools sometimes have higher rates of college enrollment and...
An annual report from EdChoice is designed to provide a yearly updated list and synthesis of empirical studies exploring the impacts of school vouchers across a set of outcomes. EdChoice presents itself as a clearinghouse of “evidence” that school vouchers “work” and that school choice is an effective and efficient...
The number of Colorado charter schools
has grown from one in 1993, the year the
legislature passed the Charter Schools Act,
to ninety-six in 2004. Over this time period,
Colorado’s education policy has become
increasingly favorable toward charter
schools. Among the significant changes
from the original charter school bill that...
This report evaluates the impact of the District of Columbia Public Schools' voucher program after its first year and its impact on educational spending. The report examines whether the plan has saved D.C. and its school district any money.
The report reviewed here finds that private schools in Cleveland are less segregated than the city’s public schools. According to the review, this finding is important, but it says little about whether voucher programs would increase or decrease segregation.
The analysis in this brief suggests that the recurring costs of the class size and pre-K amendments will be $3 billion per year after full implementation, and that full funding would raise Florida's ranking only slightly. Recommendations are provided for the Legislature to aid in estimating costs and providing funding....
This brief describes the current federal mandates for state accountability, professional standards for testing and accountability, and testing and accountability options that currently exist or have existed in practice outside Florida.
This brief explains why accountability is a common public expectation today; it describes what is new in Florida’s accountability policies since 1999; and it compares those policies to the national mandates in the No Child Left Behind Act.
Florida’s system of accountability relies heavily on state-wide testing, and the state’s choice options remain largely outside the testing program. This brief provides recommendations for Florida policymakers to ensure that children are able to gain access to the best possible system of education.