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Choosing Schools:
Consumer Choice and the Quality of American Schools
Mark Schneider, Paul Teske, & Melissa Marschall

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"Choosing Schools is a valuable contribution to the highly contentious, emotionally charged debate about school choice. Schneider, Teske, and Marschall have written a careful, reasonable, balanced and fair assessment of the evidence. Their quietly persuasive book deserves a wide readership."--Diane Ravitch, former Assistant Secretary of Education in the U.S. Department of Education and author of The Troubled Crusade: American Education, 1945-1980

"The authors' careful and judicious reading of their evidence will be greatly appreciated by those who are frustrated by the selective and inflated claims that more typically have dominated the school choice debate. While the published articles of these authors are familiar to those who have followed the school choice debate carefully, the integration of the various pieces into this book gives that content a sense of freshness, greater complexity, and added empirical horsepower."--Jeffrey Henig, author of Rethinking School Choice and coauthor of The Color of School Reform

"There is not much empirical evidence on how school choice programs work in practice--which is perhaps the central concern in the debate over choice, political and intellectual. This book provides interesting new evidence on a wide range of choice-related topics, and ties it together with theories from economics, social psychology, sociology, and public opinion. In so doing, it offers a firm basis for gaining perspective on the performance of school choice and judging its prospects. There is nothing like it in the literature. It is a tour de force."--Terry M. Moe, Hoover Institution and Stanford University

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