ERIC Number: ED403633
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Two Perspectives on the Continuing Debate over School Choice. Dialogue Series, Number 13.
Pioneer Inst. for Public Policy Research, Boston, MA.
In Pioneer Institute's November 1995 "Dialogue," nine school-choice advocates critiqued a draft manuscript of "Who Chooses, Who Loses? Culture, Institutions, and the Unequal Effects of School Choice," edited by Harvard professors Richard Elmore, Gary Orfield, and Bruce Fuller. This publication contains the response of Professor Fuller to the dialogue, along with a reaction by Terry M. Moe, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Fuller argues that the Pioneer Institute invited only proponents of choice to join the conversation, that they disregarded the book's empirical findings, and that the programs described in the book were chosen on the basis of empirically sound evaluation. Moe asserts that the Harvard volume is not a true study, that it emphasizes the negative aspects of choice, and that it is biased against school choice. He argues that problems of inequality can be resolved through better program design. Two figures are included. An inset contains the response of Professor Paul Peterson to remarks made by Professor Fuller about Peterson's "Wall Street Journal" piece, in which Peterson praised a San Antonio voucher program. Peterson argues that Fuller's concern for selection effects in San Antonio contrast with his (Fuller's) disregard for selection effects in the Milwaukee program. (LMI)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Access to Education, Competition, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Free Enterprise System, Politics of Education, Program Effectiveness, Research Methodology, Research Problems, School Choice
Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 85 Devonshire St., 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02109 (single copies free).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Collected Works - Proceedings; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pioneer Inst. for Public Policy Research, Boston, MA.