School choice with public funds is government choice

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October 25, 2016
Foundation for Economic Education
by Corey DeAngelis  
Posted in Commentary

"Allocating public funds to private schools increases competitive pressures in the short-run and leads to specialization, but this comes at a price we all must pay in the long-run. Whenever a private institution accepts public funding, that private entity gives up some of its autonomy. The main cost associated with accepting public funds is that the government is able to stipulate how the school operates, similar to the current phenomenon in the public school sector. When the government is able to control how institutions operate, private schools become more like public schools, and the degree of specialization and educational choice exercised by families is reduced." (10/24/16)  

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