A Study of Education Reform in the United States and its Economic Consequences
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The purpose of this paper is to examine recent education reforms such as charter schools, voucher programs and schools of choice to determine their economic consequences to public schools. It shows arguments on both sides of each of these issues and attempts to show whether these new legislations are positive or negative for the U.S. education system. It is obvious that the current U.S. education system is not perfect and that change is needed. The question really comes down to what type of change is needed. Are the charter schools the future, or will vouchers take students to the desired private schools. The U.S. spends more on education per child than any other country, yet we are still criticized for the lack of education our citizens have. Change needs to be made and soon. The battle lines are clearly drawn on each of the issues and neither side is budging. This paper will discuss each of these new education reforms on both the state (Michigan) and national level. It will also give examples of where the reforms are helping and hurting school systems. This debate is still in its infant stages with vouchers and charter schools not available in all areas, so the battle will be a long one. Only time will tell which, if any, will prevail.