School Choice Plus Student Based Budgeting: Destroys Public Schools in Poor Neighborhoods

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Those who favor school privatization and school choice through the expansion of charter schools and school voucher programs frame their advocacy by privileging individual choosers.  They assume that the mass of individual families’ choices in an educational marketplace will improve services for and protect the rights of a city’s children.  These assumptions are wrong.

In a major 2016 report for the Economic Policy Institute, Bruce Baker, the education finance expert at Rutgers University, rejected the contention that the expansion of school choice will improve educational opportunities overall. Baker argued that what matters is the balance of educational opportunity across the school district: “If we consider a specific geographic space, like a major urban center, operating under the reality of finite available resources (local, state, and federal revenues), the goal is to provide the best possible system for all children citywide… Chartering, school choice, or market competition are not policy objectives…

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