School Choice in Dayton, Ohio: An Evaluation After One Year

William G. Howell and Paul E. Peterson
Year of publication: 
PEPG 00-07

In early 1998 the Parents Advancing Choice in Education (PACE ) program offered low-income families an opportunity to win scholarships to send their children to private schools in Dayton and other parts of Montgomery County, Ohio. Students entering kindergarten through twelfth grade qualified. PACE offered scholarships to 515 students who were in public schools and 250 students who were already enrolled in private schools. The program began in September of 1998. This evaluation examines the program’s impact on those students in grades 2-8 who had previously been attending public schools. In 1999 the program continued, augmented by resources made available by the Children's Scholarship Fund, a nationwide scholarship program.