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ERIC Number: ED505526
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Fatally Flawed: A Critique of "Fixing the Milwaukee Public Schools: The Limits of Parent-Driven Reform"
Carpenter, Dick M., II
Institute for Justice
This document describes the flaws in an October 2007 Wisconsin Policy Research Institute (WPRI) report on public school choice and parental involvement, "Fixing the Milwaukee Public Schools: The Limits of Parent-Driven Reform." Because the report claims that public school choice and parental involvement have little effect on student performance in Milwaukee Public Schools, a surprising conclusion from a think tank that has traditionally supported public and private school choice, the report received significant news coverage and editorial comment, particularly from those opposed to school choice programs that include private school options, such as the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. Unfortunately, most of this coverage and commentary uncritically accepted the report's conclusions about school choice, and even worse, applied them more broadly to private school choice programs. But as this analysis finds, the WPRI report is fatally flawed, undermining both its claims about public school choice and any implications for private school choice in Milwaukee or elsewhere. This analysis finds flaws in the report's methodology, sampling procedure, failure to measure cause-and-effect, improper creation of variables, and unfounded assumptions about parental involvement. (Contains 59 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Justice
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin