ERIC Number: ED327917
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Public School Choice: An Equal Chance for All?
Bamber, Chrissie; And Others
Guidelines for creating equitable public school choice programs are offered in this booklet. Section 1 discusses the elements essential to a good public school choice, plan: the reasons for interest in school choice; choice plans in private and independent schools, the history of the school choice movement; and the influences of parents, teachers, and the community on choice plans. The second section describes the ideal school design, learning environments and styles, specialized and alternative programs, and governance plans. Characteristics of good school choice programs are offered in section 3 and considerations for school selections are discussed in section 4. The fifth section describes means for involving and ensuring equal access to all families. The final section describes five successful programs in Cambridge, Massachusetts; East Harlem, New York; Minnesota; Montclair, New Jersey; and Richmond, California. A conclusion is that public school choice must be available to all populations, including disadvantaged groups such as the poor, minorities, and non-English speaking. The appendix lists 12 helpful references. (LMI)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Educational Environment, Educational Opportunities, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Governance, Nontraditional Education, Public Schools, School Choice, School Districts
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Edward John Noble Foundation, New York, NY.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: National Committee for Citizens in Education, Columbia, MD.
Note: This booklet was also supported by a grant from The Island Fund.