School & District Management

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About School Choice

By Debra Viadero — May 15, 2009 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Have you ever wondered what research has to say about what happens to traditional public schools when new schools of choice open nearby? How much does it cost to start up and maintain a charter school? Do other countries have public-private forms of schooling similar to U.S. charter schools?

These are among the questions addressed in the new Handbook of Research on School Choice. The hefty, 630-page tome is a first-of-its-kind compilation of research syntheses on a wide variety of forms of school choice, including home schools, charters, private schools, magnets, and virtual schools.

It was pulled together by the National Center on School Choice, a consortium based at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. The center is one of the 10 national research centers that the federal Institute of Education Sciences underwrites.

Center scholars enlisted leading academics with a range of perspective on school-choice issues to pen the book’s 34 chapters. Where else would you find Amy Stuart Wells, a Teachers College, Columbia University, researcher who has long written on inherent social inequities in school-choice initiatives, writing alongside Paul Peterson, a Harvard University scholar known for his support of private-school vouchers?

Mark Berends, one of the volume’s editors, said his hope is that the range of scholarly opinion will give the book “an independent kind of voice” on some of the most prickly debates in education.

In next week’s print edition of EdWeek, I’ll have an article on one chapter in the book that describes international versions of charter-style schooling. (See an earlier post I wrote on this same research here.) But, if you want to go straight to the source, you can find ordering information for the $114 volume here.

Related Tags:

A version of this news article first appeared in the Inside School Research blog.

Commenting has been disabled on effective Sept. 8. Please visit our FAQ section for more details. To get in touch with us visit our contact page, follow us on social media, or submit a Letter to the Editor.


This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Teaching Webinar
What’s Next for Teaching and Learning? Key Trends for the New School Year
The past 18 months changed the face of education forever, leaving teachers, students, and families to adapt to unprecedented challenges in teaching and learning. As we enter the third school year affected by the pandemic—and
Content provided by Instructure
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Curriculum Webinar
How Data and Digital Curriculum Can Drive Personalized Instruction
As we return from an abnormal year, it’s an educator’s top priority to make sure the lessons learned under adversity positively impact students during the new school year. Digital curriculum has emerged from the pandemic
Content provided by Kiddom
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Equity & Diversity Webinar
Leadership for Racial Equity in Schools and Beyond
While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to reveal systemic racial disparities in educational opportunity, there are revelations to which we can and must respond. Through conscientious efforts, using an intentional focus on race, school leaders can
Content provided by Corwin

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

School & District Management 10 Ways to Tackle Education's Urgent Challenges
As the school year gets underway, we ask hard questions about education’s biggest challenges and offer some solutions.
2 min read
Conceptual Image of schools preparing for the pandemic
Pep Montserrat for Education Week
School & District Management Reported Essay Principals Need Social-Emotional Support, Too
By overlooking the well-being of their school leaders, districts could limit how much their schools can flourish.
7 min read
Conceptual Illustration
Pep Montserrat for Education Week
School & District Management From Our Research Center Educator Stress, Anti-Racism, and Pandemic Response: How You're Feeling
A new nationally representative survey offers key takeaways from teachers, principals, and district leaders.
EdWeek Research Center
1 min read
2021 BI COVER no text DATA crop
Pep Montserrat for Education Week
School & District Management Download 8 Tips for Building a Digital Learning Plan That Conquers Chaos
Craft flexible strategies, encourage experimentation with new instructional models, and regularly solicit feedback.
1 min read
onsr edtech tips