Education

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…

Equality and Inequality in Texas School Finance

In the case of Edgewood v. Kirby, the Texas Supreme Court declared the system of educational finance in Texas unconstitutional. The issue was considerable disparity in taxable property values among Te…