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March 22, 2006

School Choice Around the World

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The Education Forum, an education policy advocacy organization based in Wellington, New Zealand issued a new report, School Choice, A Hot Topic with findings like:
-96 percent of New Zealand parents wanted to be able to choose the school their children attend.
-The British favor letting parents choose either state or independent schools and have public funding follow children to the chosen school.
-Sweden saw a huge increase in government funded independent schools since school choice was introduced in 1992.
-School choice has continued expanding in the U.S. with both charter and vouchers. Charters now enroll 1,000,000 students in 3400 schools. The first charter school opened in 1992. 100,000 students are served by vouchers and tax funded scholarships. Some 400,000 families are eligible for tax credits for private school tuition. Favorable legislation for school choice continues to be passed by legislatures.

Posted by Wayne Jennings at March 22, 2006 09:37 PM


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