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ERIC Number: ED504482
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Are Voucher Schools Putting the Squeeze on MPS? Research Brief. Volume 95, Number 1
Public Policy Forum
For seventeen years an underlying rationale for Milwaukee's private school voucher program has been that competition from private schools is needed to bring about improvements in Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). However, despite an increased availability of vouchers for more eligible children than ever before, demand during the past school year did not meet expectations. A battery of questions added to the 2005-2006 Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) school administrator survey asking about parent feedback mechanisms indicate that most new voucher users were already in private schools and most were already in religious schools. These findings indicate that the voucher program may no longer be exerting the type of competitive pressure on MPS as originally envisioned. (Contains 6 footnotes, 4 charts, and 6 tables.) [Research for this report was funded by the Fleck Foundation and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public Policy Forum
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin