School Choice

Abundant Hopes, Scarce Evidence of Results
Bruce Fuller
University of California, Berkeley
Luis A. Huerta
Teachers College–Columbia University
Susan C. Puryear
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Edward Wexler
American Community School of Abu Dhabi

It's difficult to find anyone who is happy with public education. From your neighbor to our political leaders, everyone is eager to reform the schools. Polls show that even if we are satisfied with our elementary school down the street, we are distressed about the quality of public education overall.

This is where the consensus begins and ends. Contention arises immediately over the next question: What's the best strategy for improving the public schools? What policies and long-term institutional changes can be implemented that will steadily boost children's learning?

This PACE report focuses on school choice—one avenue of reform which has gained considerable steam in California and nationwide.

Suggested citationFuller, B., Burr, E., Huerta, L., Puryear, S., & Wexler, E. (1999, March). School choice: Abundant hopes, scarce evidence of results [Report]. Policy Analysis for California Education.