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Publication Date: 1972
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Educational Vouchers: Concepts and Controversies.
La Noue, George R., Ed.
Few concepts have ever raised simultaneously as many hopes and fears about the future of American education as has the idea of educational vouchers. Voucher proponents want to change the traditional system of using tax funds for financing public schools to an arrangement of providing tax vouchers to individual parents, who would purchase education in a marketplace of diverse schools. There is no single voucher proposal. Some voucher advocates propose a system that would be highly regulated to avoid discrimination and inequality; whereas others urge unregulated vouchers that would encourage the maximum variety of educational alternatives. Similarly, some people support compensatory vouchers to provide additional amounts for poor families; whereas others insist that all families should receive equal amounts. Debate over the probable impact of the various types of vouchers on educational quality and equality has led to fierce controversy. The purpose of this volume is to juxtapose the perspectives and arguments being used in the debate to permit the reader to make his own policy judgments. In separate chapters, lawyers, economists, and educators give their views on such issues as the effect of education vouchers on private schools, the equality of education, and the segregation of schools. Also included are reprints of some Congressional hearings on education vouchers. (JF)
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Educational Experiments, Educational Finance, Educational Vouchers, Equal Education, Legal Problems, Parochial Schools, Private School Aid, Private Schools, Public Schools
Teachers College Press, 1234 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, New York 10027 ($3.50 paper, prepaid; or $8.50 cloth, prepaid)
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