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A Think Twice Review of:

The High Cost of Failing to Reform Public Education in Missouri The High Cost of Failing to Reform Public Education in Indiana The High Cost of Failing to Reform Public Education in Texas The High Cost of South Carolina’s Low Graduation Rates The High Cost of Low Graduation Rates in North Carolina

Think Twice - Jan 09, 2008

Publisher/Think Tank - The Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation

Author(s) -

These five sister reports have been published by the Friedman Foundation over the past two years. They assert that private-school voucher programs can reduce the social costs of dropping out while increasing graduation rates.


Reviewer(s) - Sherman Dorn, University of South Florida

In his review of these reports, Dorn finds that the reports are of little value because they ignore the abundance of relevant research and offer no means by which to gauge the alleged benefits of vouchers against other alternatives. Dorn advises policymakers who are interested in increasing graduation rates to bypass these reports and seek out “the available, well-researched scholarship on the topic,” much of which he identifies in his review.