The purpose of this paper is to provide a synthesis of the research and analysis that exists in the literature about school choice. The primary focus of the paper is on research which has implications for the development and evaluation of public policy regarding school choice. This paper neither promotes nor discourages the provision of school choice, but rather provides information designed to assist policymakers, parents, educators, and interested members of the public with an objective source of information. The paper concludes with a summary of research questions about school choice which...
A PACE Working Paper
The issue of choice in education has been prevalent for many years, but recently has become a topic of renewed interest in California. Eleven choice bills, which would allow parents to select, under varying guidelines, their children's schools, were introduced in the 1989 legislative session. All were held over to 1990 for further study. What has caused this upsurge of interest in choice? There are several reasons, but perhaps primary among them has been the political consensus not to consider seriously public aid to private schools. Vouchers or tuition tax credits have been defeated at the...