ERIC Number: ED093092
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
A Public School Voucher Demonstration: The First Year at Alum Rock. Summary and Conclusions.
Weiler, Daniel; And Others
Because it included only public schools and guaranteed both school survival and staff employment rights, the first year of the Alum Rock demonstration (1972-73), as sponsored by the Office of Economic Opportunity, was not a test of vouchers as defined in theory. The demonstration was known, therefore, as a "transition" voucher model, which would look to the inclusion of private schools in the future. The participating schools created a limited amount of educational diversity by setting up special instructional programs known as mini-schools; but, as of the second year, there are still no private schools in the demonstration. The demonstration has shown that Federal agencies can offer incentives for schools to follow innovative policies, but these agencies cannot control the shape of future innovations in American public schools. That shape is traditionally determined by local priorities and interests. With Federal support, Alum Rock has shown that it is possible to combine decentralization of authority down to the school level with parental freedom to choose children's school programs. The major discernible effect of the first year of the demonstration has been on the roles of central district staff, principals, and teachers. Each voucher school has gained new autonomy, and teachers are now working in new cooperative arrangements and with new discretionary power over resources. (Author/JF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.