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Document Number: 7217

Educational Vouchers for Universal Pre-Schools - This article considers two issues regarding preschool education. First, it provides a brief set of arguments for government funding of universal, pre-school education. Second, it explores the applicability of a voucher plan using a regulated market approach for the funding of universal, pre-school education. Four criteria are used to assess the approach: freedom of choice, equity, productive efficiency and social cohesion. The analytic framework is then applied to the Georgia Pre-K program, a statewide and universal approach based upon market competition that enlists government non-profit, and for-profit educational providers. The authors conclude that, according to the four criteria set out, the highly regulated Georgia pre-school approach appears to produce superior results than one built upon exclusive production of pre-school services by government entities. (Henry M. Levin and Heather L. Schwartz, National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education, 2006) ...

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