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The Consequences of High-Regulation in School Choice

Jan 16, 2016 by

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  1. Right on! What is the point of having state standards and testing, if the state creates voucher programs that exempt private schools from those standards? Moreover, voucher and tax credit schemes typically don’t pay the total cost of private school. Thus, they subsidize people of means while discriminating against the poor who still can’t afford the tuition. If subsidy is limited to the poor, then it discriminates against everyone else. Why should anybody be trapped in a bad school?

    One solution is to break up public mega-schools into smaller units and make them compete against each other. Each “school-within-a-school” can have its own policies and curriculum, while sharing certain specialty teachers and physical facilities (cafeteria, sports arenas, band, etc.).

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