Charter Schools, Vouchers, and the Public Good

43 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2013

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Derek W. Black

University of South Carolina - School of Law

Date Written: June 11, 2013


Charter schools and vouchers have thus far been promoted or vilified based on their potential to improve academic achievement for those students enrolled in them. This debate, however, ignores a more important question: whether these educational policies serve the public good. Education as a public good cannot be reduced solely to questions of academic achievement, much less the academic achievement of a subset of students. Theoretically, charter schools and vouchers can serve the public good, but in practice, they have not. This shortcoming, however, is not necessarily due to an inherent flaw in charters or vouchers, but the failure of public policy to place limits on them to ensure they serve the public good.

Keywords: public good, voucher, charter, segregation, choice, integration, democratic education, competition, inclusion, dissent, segregation, achievement, group good, collective good, private good, finances, facilities, resources

Suggested Citation

Black, Derek W., Charter Schools, Vouchers, and the Public Good (June 11, 2013). Wake Forest Law Review, 2013, Available at SSRN: or

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