ERIC Number: ED283270
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Feb
Parent Choice: A Digest of the Research. [Parent Choice and the Public Schools: Volume 1].
This guide, first in a series of four volumes, is designed to give information to parents and other decision makers on costs and benefits of different kinds of choices of schools that children might attend. Four sections present digests of information based on research and evaluation studies. Section 1 introduces the format and purpose of the guide. Section 2, "Policy Models," digests six frequently cited policy proposals for parent choice, ranging from Milton Friedman's call in 1962 for a universal voucher system to the National Governors' Association call in 1986 for state and local initiatives for "controlled choice." As the models indicate, parent choice plans can take many forms; some raise questions about private education, church, state, and/or individual liberty issues."The Issues and the Evidence," section 3, contains seven research summaries that digest evidence addressing the claims and questions raised in policy proposals summarized in section 2, including what is known about the potential impact of expanding opportunities for parent choice. Section 4, "The Research Base," contains succinct briefs summarizing the 11 major research and evaluation studies whose findings provide most of the clues for answering questions addressed in the research summaries. Section 5, "Bibliographic Resources," contains a summary of the sources cited in the report. (CJH)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Elementary Secondary Education, Institutional Characteristics, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Public Schools, Research Utilization, School Choice
Publication Sales, Institute for Responsive Education, 605 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215 ($9.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Institute for Responsive Education, Boston, MA.
Note: For related documents, see EA 019 493-495.