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A Think Twice Review of:

Review of Accountability and Private-School Choice

Think Twice - Nov 15, 2021

Publisher/Think Tank - Manhattan Institute

Author(s) - Nicole Stelle Garnett

A recent report from the Manhattan Institute addresses the question of how private school voucher programs should be regulated, asking the important question of what accountability mechanisms will safeguard taxpayer dollars if private schools are to receive public funds.

Reviewer(s) - Jack Schneider, University of Massachusetts Lowel

Jack Schneider of University of Massachusetts Lowell reviewed Accountability and Private-School Choice. He found that it unfortunately offers only simplistic solutions grounded in assumptions and ideology rather than in research evidence. The report advocates for relaxing accountability mechanisms that presently constrain some voucher programs, asserting that “more and better” private schools will participate in response, thereby benefitting students academically.