Fear Versus Fact: Conclusion

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This is the "Decline of the Traditional Forms of School Competition" segment from Fears versus facts about school choice: An overview of issues surrounding the effects of competition on public education


By John Garen, Ph.D.

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Conclusion

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The long, historical stagnation of public school performance despite decades-long increases in resources should create serious concerns regarding public schools. The shortcomings of KERA and subsequent legislative action, along with confusion over state-directed testing, should give Kentuckians even more angst regarding state government’s ability to improve schools.

Fortunately, good policy options exist: charter schools and vouchers. The appropriate enabling legislation for these programs would harness the incentive system of competitive markets toward improving schools.

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