ERIC Number: ED226503
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Funding an Adequate Education for America's Youth: A Plan for Melding Political and Market Definitions of Educational Adequacy.
Guthrie, James W.
Noting that American society has conventionally relied on both the political process and the marketplace to arrive at a "definition" of adequate education, but that the political process fails to account for individual preferences while the marketplace can cater to many individual preferences, this paper attempts to combine the two processes in a way that will minimize the drawbacks of each while maximizing the strengths. Defining an adequate education politically has involved specifying adequacy of resources, processes, educational content, and outcomes, usually by state level agencies. While the system is flexible, it requires compromises and concessions. The establishment of adequate education using free market processes involves the provision of private education. Concepts allowing for public access to a publicly funded private education include unregulated voucher plans and tuition tax credits, compensatory voucher plans, and regulated vouchers. A satisfactory synthesis of the benefits of public and private education would involve providing public support for those aspects of education judged necessary (or "adequate") for the society, while permitting families free choice among public schools and the right to purchase coupons with which to secure educational experiences not mandated by the state but enabling students to attain individually defined "adequate" educations. (Author/PGD)
Descriptors: Definitions, Educational Demand, Educational Economics, Educational Policy, Educational Supply, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Political Attitudes, Private Education, Public Education, Public Policy, School Choice
Not available separately; see EA 015 442.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Educational Adequacy; Politics of Education
Note: In: Adequate Education: Issues in Its Definition and Implementation. School Finance Project, Working Papers, p257-68.