ERIC Number: ED351746
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct-24
Reference Count: N/A
School Choice in Virginia and the Nation. A New Vision for Education.
Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond.
This report completes phase 1 of a study of the school choice issue, by summarizing information regarding school choice options currently proposed or implemented in Virginia and other states. Methodology involved: (1) a survey of 127 out of 135 total school divisions; (2) a literature review; (3) interviews with school division personnel, other state departments of education, and the U.S. Department of Education Center for Choice in Education; and (4) analyses of identified options. Chapter 1 provides a brief description of various types of school choice, some historical background, steps taken at the federal level, and a review of the arguments of both advocates and critics of choice. Chapter 2 presents survey results and other research on parents as the consumers of educational services. The third chapter discusses the various types of intradistrict public school choice and the policy issues inherent in this option. Interdistrict public school choice options and their policy ramifications are analyzed in chapter 4. Chapter 5 addresses public/private school choice and the various policy considerations this approach raises. The final chapter presents issues for further study. Fifteen figures are included. Appendices contain excerpts from the Minneapolis Public Schools Program Guide, a synopsis of various choice programs, a summary of options and issues, and an annotated bibliography. (LMI)
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Open Enrollment, Parent Influence, Policy Formation, School Choice, School Restructuring, State Programs, Tax Credits
Virginia Department of Education, Office of Public Affairs, 25th Floor, P.O. Box 6-Q, Richmond, VA 23216-2060 (Order No. RFP-91-14: $5.53, including postage).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond.