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Baselines for Assessment of Choice Programs

Author(s): Paul T. Hill | Kacey Guin

Journal: Education Policy Analysis Archives
ISSN 1068-2341

Volume: 11;
Start page: 39;
Date: 2003;
Original page

Critics of choice argue that it will allow alert and aggressive parents to get the best of everything for their children, leaving poor and minority children concentrated in the worst schools. (Note 1) But choice is not the only mechanism whereby this occurs. Alert and aggressive parents work the bureaucracy to get the best for their children. Thus, choice programs should be compared against the real performance of the current public education system, not its idealized aspirations.
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