Expanding Choice in Elementary and Secondary Education, a Brookings Institution report, concludes that we can’t rely on charters and vouchers to create sufficient parental choice. It’s got to happen within school districts. The report calls for:
a) a system that affords parents as much choice as possible within the universe of taxpayer supported students and schools, b) portals by which parents can readily access rich information on the performance of schools that is framed to be useful in exercising choice, and c) a funding system that supports the growth of parentally preferred schools and school systems, including virtual education programs.
Popular schools should receive more funding to meet enrollment demand, the report recommends, while schools that draw few students should be restructured or closed.