ERIC Number: ED359664
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
A National Review of Open Enrollment/Choice: Debates and Descriptions.
Bierlein, Louann; And Others
This report examines the issue of educational choice in detail, beginning with a historical review and concluding with a look at the future of choice in the United States. Focusing on both opposing and supporting sides of the debate, this report examines equity issues, including access to information, adequate and appropriate transportation, fair and objective admission criteria, and segregation issues. Finance issues, such as the costs of including private schools, local funding concerns, and the notion of a flawed rewards-and-sanctions system, are reviewed. Common school and constitutional issues, the supremacy of private schools, and debates surrounding the bureaucratic entrenchment of public education are also highlighted. Information from experts and examples of actual programs are provided for each issue. School-choice programs have demonstrated continued program growth, few dramatic effects, and general parental satisfaction. Regarding the future of school choice, the question appears to be shifting away from "Should there be choice at all?" toward "What kind of choice is appropriate?" Appendices contain a national review of the status of open enrollment/choice programs during 1993, a description of formal choice programs in 14 states, and descriptions of programs in 12 states with limited formal legislation or legislation considered in 1993. (Contains 44 references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Admission (School), Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Educational Opportunities, Elementary Secondary Education, Nontraditional Education, Open Enrollment, Private School Aid, Private Schools, Public Schools, School Choice, School Restructuring, State Legislation, State Programs
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ., Tempe. Morrison Inst. for Public Policy.