“Although it has been suggested that school choice will spur competition and improvements in public education, choice alone does not necessarily equate to competition,” says Margaret Sullivan, a GPPI researcher and one of the report’s authors. “Typically, clear incentives and penalties must exist and be communicated at all levels of the system if we expect stakeholders to drastically change their behavior,” says Sullivan.And water is wet, and the sky is blue. Frankly, the results of this report prompted a forehead slapping "well DUH!"
School choice has been a plus for student who exerciser their choice because it gets them out of a dysfunctional school system and into something better. As for putting pressure on DCPS to improve? Puh-lease. Why should DCPS improve when its never really punished for sucking. It never gets funding withheld. In fact, quite the opposite. In order to grease the incredibly squeaky wheels who oppose choice (the teachers union, pols [Eleanor Holmes Norton springs to mind], etc) any money that gets alloted to school choice programs must also be accompanied with a nice dollop of cash for DCPS. The federal voucher funding fight was a great example of that. When there's basically no fear of funding--and a little cage rattling may actually get you more $$$--why should DCPS change?