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Vouchers as competitive pressure

School vouchers generate much heat, albeit discussions with relatively little light. One argument offered in favor of vouchers is that vouchers increase competitive pressure on public schools, improving outcomes for all students–not just those who take up the vouchers. David … Continue reading

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Do vouchers make more of a difference at the top or at the bottom?

Do vouchers mostly help kids toward the top of the achievement distribution or kids towards the bottom? Or is one group helped and one group hurt? (We’re talking about what happens to the specific kids who get vouchers, not whether … Continue reading

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NYC vouchers and poverty vs school quality

Mathew Chingos and Paul Peterson have a nice piece “The Impact of School Vouchers on College Enrollment” in Education Next where they look at the effects (in terms of later college attendance) of providing modest size vouchers to poor kids in New … Continue reading

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Vouchers for little kids, college later?

Vouchers are a perennial hot topic. My personal view is that the heat-to-light ratio is unfortunately high. Conservatives believe that choice is a magic wand; liberals believe that anything that might divert money from public schools is an evil conspiracy. … Continue reading

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  1. Stuart Buck says:

    It was an intent-to-treat analysis. Winning the voucher automatically includes all of the kids who used it, as well as those who didn’t. So that makes it harder to see as much effect from the voucher, because you’re not letting kids who select out of treatment escape being counted in the analysis.

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Cream skimming vouchers

School choice programs pretty clearly benefit kids who get an opportunity to move to a better school, but is there an offsetting loss to those left behind? The argument is that more academically able students (quite likely those with the … Continue reading

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