ERIC Number: ED468301
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
What Do We Know about Vouchers and Charter Schools? Research Brief.
RAND Education, Santa Monica, CA.
Neither the hopes nor the fears of vouchers and charter schools, two programs proposed to reform education, have been realized. Many key questions remain unanswered. This research brief describes the work done by the authors of a larger work, "Rhetoric Versus Reality: What We Know and What We Need to Know About Vouchers and Charter Schools," in addressing the key questions. The brief describes five basic dimensions of the educational system and outlines current findings on vouchers and charter schools along these dimensions: academic achievement, choice, access, integration, and civic socialization. Reflecting the conclusions of the larger work, the brief states that further research is needed before there can be any definitive answers about the effectiveness of vouchers and charter schools on improving the education system. The brief also includes a short list of recommendations for policymakers who seek to maximize the benefits and minimize the harm associated with vouchers and charter programs. The recommendations include the following: (1) all participating schools should practice open admissions; (2) policymakers should provide generous funding; and (3) program designers should include existing schools. (WFA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Access to Education, Charter Schools, Educational Policy, Educational Vouchers, Nontraditional Education, Racial Integration, School Choice
RAND Education, 1700 Main Street, P.O. Box 2138, Santa Monica, CA 90407-2138. Tel: 310-393-0411, ext. 7515; Fax: 310-451-7039; Web site: http://www.rand.org. For full text: http://www.rand.org/publications/RB/RB8018/.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: RAND Education, Santa Monica, CA.
Note: Work documented in "Rhetoric Versus Reality: What We Know and What We Need to Know About Vouchers and Charter Schools," by Brian P. Gill, P. Michael Timpane, Karen E. Ross, and Dominic J. Brewer, MR-1118-EDU, 2001, ISBN: 0-8330-2765-4.