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ERIC Number: ED313496
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
Pages: 36
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Creative Non-Compliance in East Harlem Schools.
Fleigel, Seymour
This paper describes a program that has evolved in District No. 4 in the East Harlem area of Manhattan (New York). There, a system of "choice" at the junior high school level is possible due in part to the latitude afforded local school districts under the current decentralized system of authority. The program permits students and parents to select an intermediate school from a list of differentiated alternative schools other than the school that the children would be assigned to according to the "zoning" of the community. This element of choice can provide the catalyst for educational reform by introducing a market mechanism into the public school system--if parents are permitted to choose which school their children will attend, each school has reason to question how its own educational program might improve. This paper explores the steps experienced in establishing a system of parental choice, describes some lessons that were learned in the process of establishing this system, and considers current prospects for similar developments given the current attitude toward decentralized reform in the city of New York. Two tables and a list of six sources are included. (JS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)