Choice and Competition
There is a difference between offering school choice and encouraging competition among schools, according to a paper by the New York City-based National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education.
The study looked at the broad school choice policies in New Zealand and found that 91 percent of primary school students and 84 percent of secondary school students attended their first-choice schools. But of 157 principals surveyed in 1999 and 2003, only 17 percent reported facing competition from other schools in both years.
Vol. 26, Issue 07, Page 13Published in Print: October 11, 2006, as Choice and Competition