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Lost Classroom, Lost CommunityCatholic Schools' Importance in Urban America$
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Margaret F. Brinig and Nicole Stelle Garnett

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226122007

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226122144.001.0001

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Expanding the Case for School Choice

Expanding the Case for School Choice

(p.137) Chapter Eight Expanding the Case for School Choice
Lost Classroom, Lost Community

Margaret F. Brinig

Nicole Stelle Garnett

University of Chicago Press

This chapter situates the book’s empirical findings within broader education-policy debates about school-choice programs, such as vouchers or tax credits, that enable students to spend public funds to attend private schools. Debates about school choice usually focus on the educational consequences of these programs, especially their effects on student outcomes and on public schools. The findings presented in this book offer an additional, and novel, justification for supporting school choice: In addition to providing urban residents with access to Catholic schools with a proven track record of educating disadvantaged students, however, school choice might also stem the tide of Catholic school closures, thereby preserving critical urban neighborhood institutions. Since charter schools do not appear to have the same positive effects as Catholic schools, this evidence also provides a partial answer to the common perception that charter school programs provide sufficient educational options and thus more-expansive school choice is unnecessary.

Keywords:   school choice, vouchers, schools, tax credits, neighborhoods, disadvantaged, students, Catholic schools, academic performance

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