chapter  3
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Private Vouchers: Politics and Evidence

The voucher movement is the most controversial force for change in American education today. What it proposes-that government provide grants to parents who wish to send their children to private schools-may seem simple enough, a matter of expanding opportunities for American families and imposing a healthy competition on public schools. But vouchers have ignited explosive political battles, as powerful defenders of the public system have put up fierce resistance at every turn. Vouchers have also provoked heated intellectual debate, as supporters and opponents have offered conflicting claims about how these reforms would work out in practice.