Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




The school choice movement has been making significant traction within the United States in the last decade and a record number of states have implemented school choice programs that introduce competition to the traditional public schools and treat education like a market. The marketization of education and making traditional public school truly compete against alternative schooling options is more often discussed in theory but in reality is infrequently applied on a large scale. In an attempt to truly gauge the advantages, disadvantages, and real life application of what can result when market forces are applied to a state’s education system and what this policy can yield not just in theory but in concrete measurable outcomes, this paper compared and contrasted one state that has employed no means of market forces into education until 2013 (Alabama) and one state that has allowed an array of forms of competition to the traditional public school for numerous years Florida.

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.