Unintended Consequences of Regulating Private School Choice Programs

A Review of the Evidence

Corey DeAngelis and Lindsey Burke discuss the unintended consequences of regulating private school choice programs. The competition introduced by school choice programs generally has been found to improve student achievement. Regulations restricting school choice programs threaten to limit these benefits. Such regulations include open-admission mandates, state testing or a nationally normed testing requirement, random-admissions mandates, and rules that participating schools must accept vouchers as tuition payments in full.

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