Educational policy in a democracy goes beyond teaching literacy
and numeracy. It also supports teaching moral reasoning, political
tolerance, respect for diversity, and citizenship. Education policy
should encourage liberty and equality of opportunity, hold
educational institutions accountable, and be efficient.
School Choice Tradeoffs examines the tradeoffs among
these goals when government affords parents the means to select the
schools their children attend.
Godwin and Kemerer compare current policy that uses family
residence to assign students to schools with alternative policies
that range from expanding public choice options to school vouchers.
They identify the benefits and costs of each policy approach
through a review of past empirical literature, the presentation of
new empirical work, and legal and philosophic analysis.
The authors offer a balanced perspective that goes beyond
rhetoric and ideology to offer policymakers and the public insight
into the complex tradeoffs that are inherent in the design and
implementation of school choice policies. While all policies create
winners and losers, the key questions concern who these individuals
are and how much they gain or lose. By placing school choice within
a broader context, this book will stimulate reflective thought in
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