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A Think Twice Review of:

Expanding Choice in Elementary and Secondary Education: A Report on Rethinking the Federal Role in Education

Think Twice - Mar 03, 2010

Publisher/Think Tank - Brookings Institution

Author(s) -

This report calls for a federally led, universal expansion of school choice programs and makes the argument that increased choice is what the majority of parents want in federal education reform.

Reviewer(s) - Janelle Scott, University of California at Berkeley

Scott's review of this report finds that it lacks the evidence to support the call for an expansion of school choice. Scott identifies three major shortcomings in the report: it relies too heavily on research in progress and research produced by advocacy organizations; it neglects prior research concerning the nature of parental choice; and it fails to acknowledge that unconstrained school choice has segregative effects.