Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Andrew J. Cohen

Second Advisor

Dr. Andrew Altman

Third Advisor

Dr. Andrew I. Cohen

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Peter Lindsay


In this thesis, I argue that a nationalized private school – publicly financed voucher system (PRS / PFV system) of education provides a solution to the current problems plaguing the American public education system. Although previous arguments focus on a privatized system being more efficient than the current public system, I will not focus on this issue in my discussion. Despite criticism of privatized education systems by multiple empirical analyses, I do not fully engage the empirical literature here. As there has never been a nationalized private school – publicly funded voucher system like the one supported here, there is no direct empirical evidence that provides reason not to support such a system. Rather, my discussion is purely theoretical and will only briefly address some of the prospective theoretical concerns that are raised by the empirical research.