The Value of Parental Choice in Education: A Look at the Research

Over the past decade, a growing body of empirical research examining the impact of school choice has emerged. Education researcher Greg Forster, PhD, conducted an analysis of all existing empirical evaluations of school choice programs. 11 out of 12 random assignment studies found that choice improved the academic outcomes of participants; not a single evaluation found that school choice had a negative impact on academic outcomes. Forster also examined the empirical evidence on the impact of school choice on students who remained in nearby public schools. Of the 23 such studies conducted to date, 22 have found that school choice improves outcomes at public schools. Instead of policies to increase spending on the public education system, states and local school districts would better serve students by empowering parents with control over their share of education funding.

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