ERIC Number: ED459288
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
School Vouchers: Publicly Funded Programs in Cleveland and Milwaukee. Report to the Honorable Judd Gregg, U.S. Senate.
Shaul, Marnie S.
This report provides information on Cleveland's and Milwaukee's publicly funded school voucher programs, using previous research and reviews of state laws, school district and voucher program records, state budgets, voucher-related reports and articles, and site visits and interviews. Researchers examined eligibility criteria; public and voucher student and school characteristics; public and voucher student racial composition and changes in composition related to vouchers; voucher program funding and amounts spent on public versus voucher students; and academic achievement. The two voucher programs had similar eligibility criteria. Voucher family characteristics and voucher school attributes differed from those of public school families and public schools. Minority students predominated school populations, but whether voucher programs changed schools' racial composition was unclear. States funded voucher programs differently and spent less on voucher students than public school students. Some research saw little significant improvement in voucher students' achievement, while other research found some positive effects. Six appendices examine scope and methodology; publicly funded school voucher programs in Florida, Maine, and Vermont; additional data on racial and ethnic composition of Cleveland schools; strengths and limitations of studies analyzing Cleveland and Milwaukee students' academic achievement; and General Accounting Office contacts and staff acknowledgements. (Contains 23 bibliographic references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Finance, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditure per Student, Family Characteristics, Financial Support, Minority Group Children, Private Schools, Public Schools, Racial Composition, State Government, State Legislation
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 37050, Washington, DC 20013 (first copy free; additional copies $2). Tel: 202-512-6000; Fax: 202-512-6061; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.gao.gov.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Florida; Maine; Vermont