ERIC Number: ED335752
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Larson, Colleen; And Others
A comprehensive review of educational choice literature and selected programs compose part 1 of this report. "Educational choice" is a catchall term encompassing a variety of strategies to grant parents the freedom to select schools, educational programs, or sets of courses based on the specific interests and needs of their children. Advocates of choice offer increased competition, equity, local autonomy, and family centrality as arguments in support of their position. There are five primary categories of choice plans: inter-district open enrollment; intra-district programs; postsecondary options; second chance plans; and plans including private schools. Under a choice plan, schools are viewed as consumer institutions that must serve private interests. To ensure that private interests do not usurp the interests of education, policymakers must consider implications such as the idea that planning is a crucial component for choice program development. In part 2, case studies were conducted at five sites with operative choice programs to obtain first-hand impressions from 45 administrators, teachers, students and parents. A number of themes with implications for policymakers emerged from the studies, such as the finding that neither inter- nor intra-district open enrollment has been a significant incentive for school improvement. An appendix provides interview protocols used in the case studies. (99 references) (EJS)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Indiana State Dept. of Education, Indianapolis.
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Education Policy Center.
Identifiers: Indiana; Minnesota