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Category Archives: Equity in Access to Schooling

Tuition Top-off Spending by the Poor

Low-Income Families Find the Means To Enroll Their Children in Better Schools || John Merrifield || September 8, 2014 I recently re-discovered a finding that twelve percent of Oklahoma’s private school users are from families with annual incomes below $25,000. It reminded me of a key finding from my 2009 study of Edgewood’s (San Antonio) […]

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The Equity Implications of Pricelessness

Free-Only, Subsidized Schooling: A Priceless Equity Disaster || John Merrifield || April 22, 2014 Like so many other well-intentioned government rules, mandating free-only (no tuition charge) public schooling, and perhaps also free-only publically subsidized schooling options, arguably achieves the opposite of the intended result. It likely has a net negative effect on equity rather than […]

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Philanthropists Answer the Bell

Philanthropists, Please Answer the Nevada ESA Bell || John Merrifield || July 3, 2015 A key to the educational and political success of the landmark Nevada Education Savings Account (ESA) legislation is philanthropic dollars to finance ESA top-offs for low income families. The annual ESA deposit is about $5000. That’s enough to get into a […]

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Equity Math for a Transformed System

Equity Math for a Transformed System || John Merrifield || June 2, 2016 Suppose we provide a high minimum level of per-pupil public funding to anyone wanting to exit their assigned public school, and independent schools – charter or private – can charge whatever the market would bear. Markets would then set tuition rates; often […]

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Dangerous Charter Malaise

Dangerous Chartering Malaise || John Merrifield || June 21, 2015 In 1993, Vice President Al Gore’s “Re-Inventing Government” pointed out that “scandal,” not routine inefficiency drives policy change, and makes/breaks government careers. And I pointed out that the circumstances of chartered public schools were ripe with potential for a school choice movement-imperiling scandal. That would […]

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Charter Schools Scandals

Posted on Sat, Dec. 10, 2011 Florida charter schools: big money, little oversight BY SCOTT HIAASEN AND KATHLEEN McGRORY shiaasen@MiamiHerald.com PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF Jeremy Rosende participates in his first-grade art class at the Renaissance Charter School in Coral Springs. Preparing for her daughter’s graduation in the spring, Tuli Chediak received a blunt […]

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