IEI Insight: Time is right for school choice in Nebraska

This IEI Insight is provided by Clara Jace, a Gail Werner-Robertson Fellow and author of a forthcoming paper on Nebraska education policy.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that parents desire the absolute best for their children. This fundamental part of the American Dream is at the heart of the most recent strides made towards increased school choice for each American family, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, or the neighborhood they call home. The urgency of expanding school choice has not become sufficiently mainstream though. As a nation, the United States falls short on both educational achievement and the amount of school choice when compared to the rest of the world.

School choice expert Caroline Hoxby has conducted an analysis on the feasible increase in school productivity, as measured by national test scores (NAEP points) per thousand dollars of pupil spending. Hoxby’s conclusion is compelling: “if choice were simply to restore productivity to its 1970–71 level, then the average student in the United States would be scoring at an advanced level where fewer than 10 percent of students now score.”

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