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Education Reform Through School Choice

March 1, 1996

The movement to reform education by giving parents a choice of schools to which they may send their children is growing, and the approaches to the problem are diverse. Today,

  • There are 16 states that allow choice among public schools.
  • Only three areas have government voucher programs that give some parents a choice of private or public schools -- Milwaukee, Cleveland and the state of Vermont.
  • There are 27 privately funded scholarship programs serving about 10,000 students.
  • Nationwide, there are nearly 250 charter schools, which are public schools relatively free of state or district oversight.

Finally, a growing number of school districts are contracting out the provision of instructional services to private companies.

Source: "The Education Reform Movement: An Interview with Jeanne Allen," Alternatives in Philanthropy, January 1996, Capital Research Center, 727 15th Street, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004, (202) 393-2600.


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