School Choice at the Crossroads compiles exemplary, policy-relevant research on school choice options—voucher, private, charter, and traditional public schools—as they have been implemented across the nation. Renowned contributors highlight the latest rigorous research findings and implications on school vouchers, tuition tax credits, and charter schools in states and local areas at the forefront of school choice policy. Examining national and state-level perspectives, each chapter discusses the effects of choice and vouchers on student outcomes, the processes of choice, supportive conditions of school choice programs, comparative features of school choice, and future research. This timely volume addresses whether school choice works, under what conditions, and for whom—further informing educational research, policy, and practice.
Section I: Introduction and Overview
- Introduction: School Choice at the Crossroads
- Educational Vouchers and Tax Credit Scholarship Programs in the United States: 1990-2017
- Organizational and Social Costs of Schools’ Participation in a Voucher Program
- Does Private School Choice Improve Student Achievement? A Review of the Evidence
- The Effects of Charter Schools on Student Achievement
- Innovation in Charter Schools: An Exploratory Analysis
- Redefining What It Means to be a Teacher: An Examination of Teacher Autonomy and Innovation in Indianapolis Charter Schools
- Taking Charge of Choice: The Case and Implications of Mayoral Charter Control
- Scaling up and Sustaining Charter School Effects
- Achievement versus Attainment: Are School Choice Evaluators Looking for Impacts in the Wrong Places?
- Searching for Policies and Practices that Make Charter Schools Successful: What Can Research Tell Us?
- The Politics of Charter School Evidence in Local Context: The Case of Los Angeles
- Self-Governing Schools, Parental Choice and the Public Interest
Mark Berends, R. Joseph Waddington, and John Schoenig
Section II: Where We Are
John F. Witte
Patrick J. Wolf, and Anna J. Egalite,
Julian R. Betts, and Y. Emily Tang
Mark Berends, Roberto V. Peñaloza, Marisa Cannata, amd Ellen B. Goldring
Claire Smrekar, and Madeline Mavrogordato
Mark Berends and R. Joseph Waddington
Section III: Understanding the Context of School Choice
Collin Hitt, Patrick J. Wolf, and Michael Q. McShane
Philip M. Gleason
Janelle Scott, Elizabeth DeBray, Christopher Lubienski, Johanna Hanley, Elise Castillo, and Samantha L. Hedges
Helen F. Ladd
"In most publications, school choice has been synonymous with charter schools. This book offers a useful and important contribution to the field exploring both public and private school choice – charter schools, vouchers, Catholic schools, and tax credit programs."
—Priscilla Wohlstetter, Distinguished Research Professor, Education Policy & Social Analysis, Columbia University, USA