ERIC Number: ED482515
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Nov
Vouchers: A School Choice.
Costa, Alicia, Sister; Elseginy, Siham; Lusco, Ellen; Pinney, Jean
Voucher proposals are flourishing nationwide, pushed by the fact that too many children are trapped in failing schools, and there is a great deal of disagreement about educational vouchers. This paper traces the history of voucher programs and describes some voucher programs in different cities (Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Cleveland, Ohio) and in the state of Florida. Evaluations of these programs are reviewed. The proposed voucher program for Louisiana is described. Issues surrounding vouchers are discussed, as are the reasons voters have rejected vouchers in some places. Research findings about vouchers have been mixed, with some studies suggesting that they increase student achievement and parent and student satisfaction, and other studies indicating that they do not have these effects. Commentary by the individual authors is presented, with one author making the point that limiting private school autonomy may be too great a price to pay to participate in voucher programs. Three others outline reasons for believing vouchers undermine the public schools. (Contains 70 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Biloxi, MS, 2003).