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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Illusion of School Choice

Isn't it time to inject some competition into the system?

In private schools, as in private enterprise in general, poor performance drives funding away by driving paying customers away. Yet in public schools, poor performance is used as an excuse for increased funding. With incentives like these, is it any wonder that public schools are failing our children so badly? Isn’t it time to inject some competition into the system?

Education for all is a worthy wish. So is food for all. But we don’t force poor people to eat state-produced food. Even food stamp recipients get to choose where to shop. Why shouldn’t beneficiaries of public education spending get to choose where to send their kids?

Two economically inquiring minds want to know…

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White, wealthy communities are forming their own school districts |

Public High Schools Are Not Doing Their Jobs

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Education Spending Per Student by State |

NAEP – 2015 Mathematics & Reading Assessments |

Average Private School Tuition Cost (2016-2017) |

Fast Facts |

  • Dr. Antony Davies is an Associate professor of Economics at Duquesne University, and co-host of the podcast, Words & Numbers.

  • James R. Harrigan is a Senior Editor at the American Institute for Economic Research. He is also co-host of the Words & Numbers podcast.