Future of education in New Orleans?

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The New Zealand Education Forum has released the latest issue of their SubText newsletter. Among other things, this issue includes a summary of James Tooley on how private education can serve the world’s poor, Caroline Hoxby on the effectiveness of charter schools, and the (possibly positive?) future of schooling in New Orleans.

The Bush administration has proposed nearly US$500 million in funding to help displaced school students from the Gulf Coast enroll in schools of their choice elsewhere, following Hurricane Katrina. Under the plan, parents can enroll their children at a school of their choice – including private or religious – at federal expense, even if they had gone to public schools back home. The plan will create the largest federal school voucher programme ever, if enacted, dwarfing the current largest of US$14 million in Washington DC.

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