ERIC Number: ED096772
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
A Feasibility Report on Education Vouchers.
Abt Associates, Inc., Cambridge, MA.
The voucher plan--a proposal to give parents the right and the financial means in the form of a voucher to send their child to the public, private, or parochial school of their choice--was developed as a "model" and, necessarily, without great sensitivity to differences among local school districts. The San Francisco Unified School District assessed the feasibility of the voucher model as it applies to the San Francisco school environment. This feasibility study differs from that recommended by the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), which appeared to take the position that the voucher plan is worth a test even if the benefits for a local school district were less than clear. The San Francisco district believed that it would be unwise for the school district to embark on an experimental program of any kind unless the prospect of improving education thereby was reasonably assured. The principal criteria used to measure voucher feasibility relate to the plan's relevance and realism in terms of the local school environment and prospects for improving the schools; acceptability of the plan by participating schools, public and nonpublic, and parents and teachers; the timing and scale of the proposed demonstration; and its workability--administrative detail, personnel matters, and legality. Study information was gathered through surveys of various segments of the educational community and open meetings in schools. Findings and recommendations are included. (Author/JF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: San Francisco Unified School District, CA.
Authoring Institution: Abt Associates, Inc., Cambridge, MA.
Identifiers - Location: California; California (San Francisco)