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What are the pros and cons of school choice?

John Singleton and John Baynes on "Connections"
Julie Williams
John Singleton and John Baynes on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on Monday, October 9, 2023
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What are the pros and cons of school choice? How do charter schools affect private schools, and vice versa?

University of Rochester economics professor John Singleton has studied these questions. His research shows that on the whole, school choice seems to benefit both individuals and the public education system. But, the landscape becomes more complicated when it comes to vouchers, selective schools, and other issues.

This hour, we explore Singleton’s research on a broadscale and discuss what it can mean for students, families, and districts.

Our guests:

  • John Singleton, associate professor of economics at the University of Rochester
  • John Baynes, former teacher in public and private high schools, and current Monroe County Legislator for District 18
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.