ERIC Number: ED254898
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov-15
Reference Count: 0
Educational Quality and Family Choice: Toward a Statewide Public School Voucher Plan.
Doyle, Denis P.; Finn, Chester E., Jr.
A model is proposed for enhancing family choice in public education; unlike many previous voucher plans, it would build on current trends in educational administration. Following an introduction that reviews these trends--highlighting recent developments in California school finance--two central assumptions are stated: that regulated competition will provide better education than centralized bureaucracy; and that with the current reform movement focusing on the state level, local school boards are becoming obsolete intermediaries. The voucher plan presented in accord with these assumptions includes the following components: (1) weighted vouchers to encourage schools to accept disadvantaged students; (2) parent-elected, state-regulated boards of trustees to govern schools; (3) standardized formats for school publicity; (4) voluntary purchasing from regional service centers; (5) participation open to all schools conforming to state regulations; (6) freedom (within constitutional limits) for each school to set academic and disciplinary standards; (7) transportation vouchers; (8) some public boarding schools; and (9) community option to retain a traditional school district. Brief observations on the model's implications for tax allocation, collective bargaining, and the teaching profession complete the paper. (MCG)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A