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Rajashri Chakrabarti and Paul E. Peterson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262033763

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262033763.001.0001

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School Vouchers in Colombia

School Vouchers in Colombia

(p.142) (p.143) 7 School Vouchers in Colombia
School Choice International

Eric Bettinger

The MIT Press

This chapter discusses Colombia’s attempt at improving enrollment rates via a partnership between the public and private sectors. A program referred to as the Plan de Ampliacion de Cobertura de la Educacion Secundaria (PACES) sought to take advantage of excess capacity in the private sector through issuing private school vouchers targeting the poorest third of the population. These vouchers were renewable so long as the recipient made adequate progress toward secondary school graduation. PACES had grown into one of the world’s largest private school voucher programs, with more than 125,000 vouchers being awarded. Because the demand for PACES vouchers far exceeded the supply, PACES required the use of lotteries to allocate vouchers, and this is one of its distinctive elements. This evidence from Colombia is the main focal point of the chapter.

Keywords:   enrollment rates, Plan de Ampliacion, PACES, private sector, private school vouchers

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