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ERIC Number: ED530093
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr-29
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Review of "The Fiscal Impact of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program: 2009 Update"
Belfield, Clive
Education and the Public Interest Center
A report from the School Choice Demonstration Project examines issues concerning the funding formula used for the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP). It finds that the program generates a net saving to taxpayers in Wisconsin but imposes a significant fiscal burden on taxpayers in Milwaukee. However, these findings depend significantly on how many students would have attended public school if the voucher option were not available, as well as on the actual resource requirements for those new voucher users. The report ignores the second assumption. It considers the first, although its key findings about the existence and magnitude of any savings and burdens are nonetheless dependent on that assumption. The issues raised by this report highlight some ways in which voucher policies are complex to design and implement and must be carefully evaluated on both efficiency and equity grounds. (Contains 14 notes.) [This paper reviews the following report: "The Fiscal Impact of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program: 2009 Update. SCDP Milwaukee Evaluation Report #7" (ED508637).]
Education and the Public Interest Center. School of Education, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309. Tel: 303-447-EPIC; Fax: 303-492-7090; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice
Authoring Institution: University of Colorado at Boulder, Education and the Public Interest Center; Arizona State University, Education Policy Research Unit
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin