ERIC Number: EJ1121807
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Avoiding the "Inexorable Push toward Homogenization" in School Choice: Education Savings Accounts as Hedges against Institutional Isomorphism
Burke, Lindsey M.
Journal of School Choice, v10 n4 p560-578 2016
The assumption that rational choice dynamics will lead to diversity of school supply is at the heart of K-12 school choice arrangements. Yet as the field of school choice becomes more established, there will be the "inexorable push toward homogenization." If vouchers, tuition tax credit scholarships, and education savings accounts become more significant players in the education market in the years to come, isomorphism, if it occurs, will limit the utility of school choice. Drawing on experiences from the charter sector and the Louisiana Scholarship Program, this article considers whether education savings accounts might encourage less isomorphism of practice among participating private schools than school choice options such as vouchers and tuition tax credit scholarships.
Descriptors: School Choice, Charter Schools, Educational Vouchers, Tax Credits, Scholarships, Equal Education, School Policy, Organizational Theories, Design Preferences, Institutional Characteristics, Parent Rights, Parent Attitudes, Private Schools, Student Participation, Student Diversity, State Regulation, Private Financial Support, Program Design
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana