ERIC Number: ED349676
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Choice and Innovation in K-12. A Report by the Governor's Commission on School Choice.
Alaska State Dept. of Education, Juneau.
In spring 1991, Alaska Governor Walter J. Hickel appointed a Commission for School Choice and charged it with recommending choice options most appropriate for the state. This report first summarizes the commission's findings: (1) public support for more choice in education is ambivalent; (2) Alaskan public education needs improvement; (3) neighborhood schools are free and convenient; (4) Alaska's private schools reflect a strong parental commitment to choice in education; (5) Alaska's public schools are all very similar; (6) some effective education choices are available in Alaska's urban public schools; (7) education choices in rural Alaska are very limited; (8) early childhood education deficits last a lifetime; (9) Alaskan public schools try to be all things to all students; (10) accountability for school performance is inadequate; (11) substantial and formidable opposition to educational vouchers; and (12) Alaska's constitution severely limits use of school vouchers. The report then recommends authorization of public contract schools; creation of afterschool and summer school choices; expansion of preschool, K-3, and early childhood programs; operation of the "America's Schools 2000" demonstration program as an education choice school; expansion of existing public school choices; increased availability of alternative high school choices; development of model choice schools by the state's universities; and increase of contracts for specialized education support services. Subsequent chapters discuss choice in relation to educational organization and resources, constitutional limits on choice, and choices for Alaskans. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alaska State Dept. of Education, Juneau.