ERIC Number: ED352736
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Putting Public School Choice into Perspective: A New Paradigm.
Randall, Ruth E.
A new paradigm for putting school choice into perspective is offered in this paper, which argues that the administrative model of setting standards and increasing funding is not working for American schools. Choice, based on the market model, is advocated as a way to provide incentives and opportunities for change. Although choice programs take time and encounter problems, they offer the following advantages: (1) they offset the inherent inequalities of the private market place; (2) controlled choice plans maintain the racial balance of a district; and (3) choice challenges districts to improve. Public opinion, measured in polls taken in 1986 and 1987 in Minnesota, favored choice of public schools. A triad based on policy, consumer information, and learning environment is described. School choice is a promising new policy, in which Nebraska, Iowa, Arkansas, and Minnesota are leading the way. (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A