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ERIC Number: ED357510
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Restructuring Schools: Choice.
Randall, Ruth E.
Issues in restructuring, based on the experiences of a former Minnesota Commissioner of Education, are presented in this paper. The restructuring of Minnesota schools could be characterized as movement from: K-12 to lifelong learning; ad hoc programs to a comprehensive policy for at-risk children; a few leaders to many leaders; inputs to outcomes; and monopoly to choice. Two forces at work in the education system are identified--administrative and market forces. It is argued that incentives and opportunities will produce faster, longer-lasting change than will mandates and regulations, and that choice provides incentives for school improvement. Two major challenges must be met for school choice to live up to its promise. The first challenge involves implementation, assessment, and evaluation of the triad of choice policy, consumer information and diversity of learning opportunities. The second challenge is for superintendents, principals, teachers, and boards of education to understand their new roles, responsibilities and relationships, to define them, and then take appropriate action. Radical followups of choice include teachers in private practice working as entrepreneurs rather than employees, and the creation of choice include teachers in private practice and the creation of new innovative public schools. A conclusion is that choice drives change, which provides greater learning opportunities for all children. (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota