ERIC Number: ED472613
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Does the Supreme Court Ruling on Vouchers in Cleveland Really Matter for Education Reform? Occasional Paper.
Belfield, Clive R.; Levin, Henry M.
The Supreme Court opinion of June 2002 in "Zelman et al. versus Simmons-Harris et al." is reviewed in this paper. In the first section, an interpretation of the ruling is offered in terms of four evaluative criteria: freedom of choice, productive efficiency, equity, and social cohesion. Unsurprisingly, the opinion strongly emphasized parental freedom of choice over the other criteria. In the second section, the authors consider whether the Supreme Court ruling represents a major victory for voucher advocates and whether it will have a substantial impact in improving America's schools. The discussion in this paper takes a rather skeptical position, and eight justifications are offered for such a view. A few of them are that reforms to education provision have only a limited impact on the educational achievements of most school children, that education voucher reforms are unlikely to have very powerful impacts on the education system, that families and private schools are not particularly enthusiastic about vouchers, and that the future of vouchers will be affected by the federal legislation in the Leave No Child Behind Act of 2001. Also, there are plenty of alternatives to voucher programs for those individuals motivated to seek privatized public education. (RT)
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Courts, School Choice, State Courts
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education.
Identifiers - Location: Ohio