Books & Movies

Sick of white papers? Learn more about school choice by checking out these great films and books!


Won’t Back Down ­ A movie about two mothers with children in a failing inner city school, one of them a teacher, who challenge the school district, parents, and teachers’ unions in order to change it for the better. (2012).

Frontline: The Battle Over School Choice“­ A PBS special on school vouchers (2000).

Waiting for Superman” Participant Media 2010.

The Cartel” Moving Picture Institute 2009.

The Ticket” Choice Media 2013.

The Lottery” Great Curve Films 2010

In Bad Faith: The Milwaukee Public Schools Protection Racket” EAG News 2014.

A Tale of Two Missions” EAG News 2012


Berends, Mark,School Choice and School Improvement. Harvard Education Press, 2011.

Berends, Mark, Charter School Outcomes. Routledge Press, 2008.

Berends, Mark, Handbook of Research on School Choice. Routledge Press, 2009.

Bolick, Clint. Voucher Wars: Waging the Legal Battle over School Choice. Cato Institute, 2003.

Chubb, John E. and Terry M. Moe, Politics, Markets, and America’s Schools. Brookings Institute Press, 1990.

Cullinane, Mary and Frederick M. Hess, What Next? Educational Innovation and Philadelphia’s School of the Future. Harvard Education Press, 2010.

Forster, Greg,and C. Bradley Thompson, Freedom and School Choice in American Education, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

Frumkin, Peter, The Strategic Management of Charter Schools: Frameworks & Tools for Educational Entrepreneurs. Harvard Education Press, 2011.

Fusarelli, Lance D., The Political Dynamics of School Choice Negotiating Contested Terrain, Pallgrave Macmillian, 2003.

Greene, Jay P., Why America Needs School Choice, Encounter Books, 2011.

Hess, Frederick M., Cage­busting Leadership;, Harvard Education Press, 2013.

Hess, Frederick M. and Andrew P. Kelly, Carrots, Sticks, & the Bully Pulpit, Harvard Education Press, 2011.

Hess, Frederick M. and Michael B. Horn: Private Enterprise & Public Education, Teacher’s College Press, 2013.

Maranto, Robert, School Choice in the Real World: Lessons from Arizona Charter Schools, Westview Press, 2001.

McCluskey, Neil, Feds in the Classroom: How Big Government Corrupts, Cripples, & Compromises, Rowman & Littlefield Publisher, 2007.

McGroarty, Dan and Bob Smith, Trinnietta Gets a Chance: Six Families and Their School Choice Experience, Heritage Books, 2004.

Mehta, Jal, Robert B. Schwartz, and Frederick M. Hess, The Futures of School Reform, Harvard Education Press, 2012.

Merrifield, John D., School Choices: True and False, Independent Institute, 2002.

Merrifield, John D., The School Choice Wars. R and L Education, 2001.

Merseth, Katherine K., Inside Urban Charter Schools: Promising Practices & Strategies in Five­High Performing Schools, Harvard Education Press,2009.

Minter Hoxby, Caroline, The Economics of School Choice, University of Chicago Press, 2003.

Mintrom, Michael, Policy Entrepreneurs and School Choice, Georgetown University Press, 2000.

Morgan, Kerry L., Real Choice, Real Freedom in American Education: The Legal and Constitutional Case for Parental Rights and Against Governmental Control of American Education, University Press of America, 1997.

Morken, Hubert, The Politics of School Choice, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1999.

Murray, Charles, Real Education: Four Simple Truths For Bringing America’s Schools Back To Reality, Heartland Institute, 2008.

Reeves, Douglas B., Making Standards Work: How to Implement Standards­ Based Assessments in the Classroom, School, and District, Advanced Learning Press, 2001.

Rofes, Eric, The Emancipatory Promise of Charter Schools: Toward a Progressive Politics of School Choice, State University of New York Press, 2004.

Smrekar, Claire, The Impact of School Choice and the Community, State University of New York Press,1996.

Van Heemst, David, Empowering the Poor: Why Justice Requires School Choice, R and L Education, 2004.

Vedder, Richard K., Can Teachers Own Their Own Schools?, Independent Institute, 2000.

Vitteriti, Joseph P., Choosing Equality: School Choice, the Constitution, and Civil Society; Brookings Institution Press, 2001)

Walberg, Herbert J., Advancing Student Achievement, Heartland Institute, 2010.

Walberg, Herbert J., School Choice: The Findings, Cato Institute, 2007.

Weber, Karl, Waiting for Superman: How We Can Save America’s Failing Public Schools, Public Affairs, 2010.

Williams, Joe. Cheating Our Kids: How Politics and Greed Ruin Education, Palgrave MacMillian Trade, 2005.

Wohlstetter, Priscilla, Joanna Smith, and Caitlin C. Farrell, Choices & Challenges: Charter School Performance in Perspective, Harvard Education Press, 2013.