ERIC Number: ED267496
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Dec
Choice within the System: An Issue Analysis Paper. Discussion Draft.
Hansen, Kenneth H.
The parental right to select a child's school involves more than the option to choose nonpublic education. This document reviews a number of policy options availaable to public education systems for providing educational choice. Options at the state level include the use of education vouchers, subsidized transfer to selected schools, and authorization of home instruction. States can also encourage options at the local level by allowing school choice within a district, permitting variations in curriculum among district schools, and providing different avenues to accreditation. Local districts can establish policies for choice by easing attendance area restrictions, enabling students to change teachers when appropriate, establishing special schools to provide focused programs for selected groups of students, and relaxing curricular rigor. Providing greater choice involves confronting administrative, fiscal, social, and political obstacles, but the potential benefits appear to warrant some degree of flexibility. (PGD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Chief State School Officers of the Northwest and Pacific.; National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR. Northwest Center for State Educational Policy Studies.