Education

Private Vouchers for Educational Choice

While a debate rages over whether parents should be able to use tax money - or tax credits - to choose between public and private schools for their children, the movement to provide school choice to c…

The Voucher Wars

Tax-funded vouchers are allowing some inner-city children in two large cities to escape failing public schools - but not without fierce opposition, primarily from teachers' unions and from those who q…

Choice and Accountability: Texas Leads the Way

Texas has adopted one of the most liberal charter school laws in the country. It also has established one of the first statewide school accountability systems, a model for the nation. Rigorous testing…

The Tax Credits Program for School Choice

This study proposes the Tax Credits Program for School Choice, offering tax credits to taxpayers who pay tuition for children to attend nongovernment schools.

Education Savings Accounts

The tax code has always allowed various deductions and credits for investment in physical capital. But there have been few incentives to make comparable investments in human capital - expanding the pr…

Rethinking Robin Hood

We have analyzed the distribution of education dollars before and after Texas adopted the "Robin Hood" system of financing schools -- a system under which taxes are raised countywide and then distribu…

Efficiency and Inefficiency in Texas Public Schools

On the whole, Texas public schools are very inefficient. If we compare student achievement scores with the amount of money spent to achieve those scores, we conclude that about one out of every three…

Choice in Education: Opportunities for Texas

Until now, educational reform in Texas has consisted in pouring billions of dollars of new spending into failing school systems and enacting scroes of rules and regulations governing everything from t…