ERIC Number: ED228689
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May-4
Reference Count: 0
Rebuilding Education to Make It Work. Report.
Citizens League, Minneapolis, MN.
Minnesota's public educational system must be rebuilt in order to educate students for the complex and technological future, according to a committee of Citizens League members that met 42 times over 13 months with numerous educational observers and participants. The new educational structure should give parents more choices--with public dollars--about which schools or services to use; place more authority at the individual school; remove artificial barriers to excellence; and encouage innovation, competition, and entrepreneurship. Decentralization should be pursued to achieve a separation of policy and production; to give school-level professionals more control; and to assist schools in becoming different from each other, thus increasing diversity and choice. The business community is asked to promote innovation of educatiOn products and services and to create a for-profit venture capital fund dedicated to innovative educational enterprises. However, two members of the league's Board of Directors filed dissenting opinions that object to the use of vouchers as an acceptable way to achieve reform and express grave doubt that a market approach to education will address serious isses of equity. (MLF)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Computer Oriented Programs, Delivery Systems, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Educational Needs, Educational Technology, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Microcomputers, Public Schools, Resource Allocation, School Based Management, School Choice, Tax Credits
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Citizens League, Minneapolis, MN.
Note: Prepared by the Educational Alternatives Committee.