“School Vouchers in Washington, DC: Lessons for Massachusetts” was presented by Patrick Wolf in 2013.
About Patrick Wolf
Dr. Patrick J. Wolf is Professor of Education Policy and 21st Century Endowed Chair in School Choice in the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas. He has led or assisted with most of the key evaluations of private school voucher programs over the past 15 years, including recent studies of programs in Washington, DC, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as well as the new statewide program in Louisiana. Dr. Wolf has authored, co-authored, or co-edited three books and over 90 journal articles, book chapters, and policy reports on school choice, civic values, special education, public management, and campaign finance. His research has been discussed or he has been quoted in major media venues including National Public Radio, The News Hour, ABC World News Tonight, CNN, MSNBC, The New Republic, US News and World Report, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Economist, and Education Week. A 1987 graduate of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, he received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University in 1995.
This report tells the story of the Opportunity Scholarship Program, paying special attention to lessons that can be applied to educational improvement in the urban areas of Massachusetts. Section 1 describes the design and initial implementation of the program. Section 2 outlines the main features of the rigorous experimental evaluation of the program’s impacts on participating students and parents. The main results of that evaluation are presented in Section 3. Section 4 concludes by discussing the implications of the OSP results for possible school choice reforms in Massachusetts.
“The Anti-Aid Amendments and School Choice” was presented by Michael Wolf in 2011.