January 31, 2004

Recent Reports on Vouchers and Educational Choices

"Evaluation of the Cleveland Scholarship and Tutoring Program: 1998-2002" by the Indiana Center for Evaluation presents the accumulated findings of a four-year study of Cleveland's voucher program.

As part of a recently passed spending bill, the U.S. Congress created a publicly funded voucher program for the District of Columbia. The bill provides $13 million to cover vouchers of up to $7,500 for at least 1,700 children once the program is phased in. Children in families whose household income does not exceed 185% of the federal poverty line will receive priority.

The Brookings Institution established the National Working Commission on Choice in K-12 Education to explore how CHOICE works and to examine how communities interested in the potential benefits of new school options. The commission's report, entitled "School Choice: Doing It the Right Way Makes a Difference," explores choice in terms of four key issues: benefits to children whose parents choose new schools; benefits to children whose families do not exercise choice; effects on the national commitment to equal opportunity and school desegregation; and advancement of social cohesion and common democratic values.


Posted by Wayne Jennings at 09:13 AM

November 23, 2003

New Study on Choices

The National Working Commission on Choice in K-12 Education released its report, School Choice: Doing it the Right Way Makes a Difference after two years of study. The commission, chaired by Paul Hill and made up of both choice proponents and skeptics, found that there is "no free lunch" in education and that school choice schemes must be carefully designed. The study makes clear that choice is here to stay.


Posted by Wayne Jennings at 09:48 PM