What We Disagree About When We Disagree About School Choice

99 Iowa L. Rev. Bulletin 49 (2014)

Fordham Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2412205

13 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2014

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Aaron J. Saiger

Fordham University School of Law

Date Written: March 20, 2014

Abstract

The debate over school vouchers, charter schools, and other varieties of school choice has become a bit stale. It would improve were advocates on all sides to acknowledge several crucial realities that they too often obfuscate. First, the debate is fundamentally normative, not empirical. The desirability of choice depends primarily upon how we weigh competing claims of equality and liberty in education. Second, all participants in the debate should acknowledge both that constrained choice is still genuine choice, and that how and to what extent parental decisions are constrained are fundamental issues in choice policy. Finally, with respect to the politics of choice, advocates and opponents should clearly distinguish arguments that choice is a first-best alternative from claims that it represents real and feasible improvement over the educational status quo.

Keywords: school choice, school vouchers, charter schools, segregation, interest convergence

Suggested Citation

Saiger, Aaron J., What We Disagree About When We Disagree About School Choice (March 20, 2014). 99 Iowa L. Rev. Bulletin 49 (2014); Fordham Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2412205. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2412205

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