ERIC Number: ED341747
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
School Choice: Pros, Cons, and Concerns. ASPIRA Issue Brief.
This paper explores issues surrounding parental choice of schools. The administration of President George Bush has presented parental choice as a cornerstone of its proposed "America 2000 Excellence in Education Act." Educational advocates are concerned that emphasis on choice as a key moving force for school reform falls short of the mark, and that implementation requires safeguards that the program does not contain. Supporters of choice argue that it will: (1) empower low-income and minority families; (2) allow competitive and free-market principles to force educational improvement; (3) offer a low-cost solution to problems of the educational system; and (4) incite schools to change to meet community needs. Opponents contend that choice would: (1) infringe on desegregation efforts; (2) deplete financial resources for public schools through vouchers spent at private schools; (3) not allow for adequate transportation for real choice; (4) make informed choice difficult or impossible for limited-English-proficient or poorly educated parents; and (5) not provide for change in poor schools. Policymakers and educators have prepared a list of 13 criteria a choice plan must meet. Definitions of terms used in the choice arguments are listed, and the bills offered in America 2000 and by Senator E. Kennedy are contrasted. (SLD)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Educational Finance, Educational Improvement, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Free Choice Transfer Programs, Low Income Groups, Parent Responsibility, Policy Formation, Poverty, Private Schools, Public Schools, School Choice, School Desegregation, Tuition Grants
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ASPIRA Association, Inc., Washington, DC. National Office.