Tag Archives: Emergency Legislation

Conclusion: Are Vouchers a Panacea or Problematic? Pt. VI

Written in collaboration with Dr. Jaime Portales Voucher supporters in the United States and elsewhere claim (including Sen. Dan Patrick) that vouchers will improve the educational opportunities of disadvantaged students (Sugarman, 1999), and contribute to the social integration of middle- and upper-class students. Voucher supporters argue that, since school choice is already available to upper-class […]

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Church and State: Are Vouchers a Panacea or Problematic? Pt. V

Written in collaboration with the students in my UT-Austin course School Law and Policy 11/7/2012 Guiding question for today’s post on the universal implementation of vouchers: Do they create challenges to the separation between church and state? Questions of the separation of church and state often swirl around conversations about school vouchers. What does the […]

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Supporting Public Schools: Are Vouchers a Panacea or Problematic? Pt. IV

Written in collaboration with Dr. Jaime Portales Guiding question for today’s post on the universal implementation of vouchers: Do they buttress or deconstruct the public school system? In the universal implementation of vouchers Chile, evidence shows that the competition for student enrollment throughout the country has been dominated by private-voucher schools at the expense of […]

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Student Achievement: Are Vouchers a Panacea or Problematic? Pt. III

Written in collaboration with Dr. Jaime Portales Guiding question for today’s post on the universal implementation of vouchers: Do they improve achievement? In the largest implementation of vouchers in the world, contrasting results appear to have been found on the impact of the Chilean voucher system on student achievement among public and private schools. According […]

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Impact on Access and Segregation: Are Vouchers a Panacea or Problematic? Pt. II

Written in collaboration with Dr. Jaime Portales Guiding questions for today’s post on the universal implementation of vouchers: Do they intensify segregation? Do they create more access to high-quality education? If so, for whom? According to various researchers, the introduction of universal vouchers in Chile has exacerbated segregation between schools and between types of schools […]

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Introduction: Are Vouchers a Panacea or Problematic? Pt. I

The rumors are that Texas Governor Rick Perry plans to declare vouchers “emergency legislation.” Dan Patrick, recently appointed head of the Texas Senate Education Committee, is also pushing for “choice.” The Houston Chronicle stated: Patrick is a strong supporter of school vouchers, which would allow tax money to flow to private and religious schools. The […]

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