The Education Gap: Vouchers and Urban Schools

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April 2002



While the merits of vouchers have been the subject of intense public debate in recent years, there has been very little available evidence upon which to gauge their efficacy. The Education Gap is the first book to gather a significant body of data on vouchers in multiple locations, and it reveals startling new evidence that voucher programs benefit African-American students more than participants from other ethnic groups.


William G. Howell is an associate professor in the Government Department at Harvard University and deputy director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard. Paul E. Peterson is the Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government at Harvard, the director of PEPG, and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is author or editor of numerous books, including The Education Gap: Vouchers and Urban Schools , with William G. Howell (Brookings, 2004 and 2006). He is coeditor (with Martin West) of No Child Left Behind? The Practice and Politics of School Accountability (Brookings, 2003).


"The authors' RFT design sets this study apart from most of the earlier school choice studies...the authors' sophisticated and skillfully presented research elevates a debate that has been largely limited to the realm of politics and public opinion...This impressive volume should be required reading for anyone nvolved in K-12 research or policymaking." --Michael F. Addonizio, Wayne State University, Book Review "This is the most important book ever written on the subject of vouchers." --John E. Brandl, University of Minnesota, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs "Love them or hate them, vouchers are on the agenda. Because of the strength of its research design and the daunting financial and administrative hurdles facing anyone who tries to launch another randomized evaluation of vouchers, The Education Gap will provide an important intellectual battleground for the debate over vouchers for years to come." --Alan B. Krueger, Princeton University "provide[s] convincing evidence that someone should fund a large, multi-year program that pays all the tuition for any low-income parent who wants to send a child to a private school." --Martin Morse Wooster, The Washington Times, 9/22/2002 "A well-crafted piece of work." --Frances C. Fowler, Miami of Ohio University, Educational Researcher, 3/1/2003 "Presents the results of what has been called the most comprehensive study on vouchers conducted to date." -- Education Week, 8/7/2002
EAN: 9780815702146
ISBN: 0815702140
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2002
Seitenanzahl: 275 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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