ERIC Number: ED358526
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
School Choice: Issues and Answers. Fastback 348.
Issues in school choice as a method for achieving educational reform are discussed in this booklet. The first part provides a brief historical background of the school choice movement, including an analysis of the issues being debated over the marketplace theories and the general philosophy behind school choice. The second part highlights a few of the existing plans on public schools of choice in the United States, both interdistrict and intradistrict--in Minnesota; Indianapolis, Indiana; Eugene, Oregon; East Harlem, New York; and San Diego, California. Programs for controlled choice and for achieving desegregation are described. Current state legislation dealing with school choice is also reviewed. The third part discusses the conditions necessary for accessible and equitable choice programs, including such issues as racial balance, transportation, community participation, and financing. A conclusion is that school choice is not the sole vehicle for restructuring student performance, but it can serve as a catalyst for bringing about change. Recommendations are made to provide transportation, involve parents, reaffirm public schools, make funding equitable, and give every school the opportunity to improve. (Contains 20 references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Admission (School), Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Educational Opportunities, Elementary Secondary Education, Nontraditional Education, Parent Participation, Public Schools, School Choice, School Restructuring
Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, P.O. Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402-0789 ($1.25).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.