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dc.contributor.advisorFrank Levy.en_US
dc.contributor.authorHines, Shawntel Ben_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-01-10T16:04:19Z
dc.date.available2008-01-10T16:04:19Z
dc.date.copyright2007en_US
dc.date.issued2007en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/39936
dc.descriptionThesis (M.C.P.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning, 2007.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (p. 63-64).en_US
dc.description.abstractAlthough many Americans assume that the education provided by public schools will prepare them for higher learning and/ or the workforce, recent studies have shown that American students' test scores lag behind their counterparts around the world and a growing number are not prepared for graduation. School choice, in the form of publicly funded vouchers for low-income students, has caused significant debate as a form of education reform. Proponents argue that vouchers will induce competition between schools, help low-income students obtain a better education, and increase parental satisfaction. Opponents of school vouchers argue that publicly funded vouchers will drain public schools of much needed resources, leave the most difficult to educate students in public schools, and violate the constitution by funding sectarian institutions. School voucher programs have been implemented in New York, Florida, Cleveland and Milwaukee yet there is no consensus in terms of the effect of vouchers on achievement scores. This thesis looks at four school choice programs, evaluates and compares the design/ methodologies of the program evaluations, and draws conclusion about which results are the most reliable and why.en_US
dc.description.abstract(cont.) Once the methodologies and findings of the evaluations were analyzed, I found that most programs did not have a significant effect on achievement test scores of voucher recipients and did not induce competition between public and private schools.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Shawntel B. Hines.en_US
dc.format.extent64 p.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsM.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582
dc.subjectUrban Studies and Planning.en_US
dc.titleAnalysis of school choice programs and corresponding evaluations for policy development : New York, Cleveland, Florida, and Milwaukeeen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeM.C.P.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning.en_US
dc.identifier.oclc182806754en_US


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