ERIC Number: ED403630
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
School Choice: A Marketplace for Education. Dialogue Series, Number 5.
Pioneer Inst. for Public Policy Research, Boston, MA.
Pioneer Institute recently organized a roundtable in which school officials discussed their experiences with inter-district public school choice. The participants exchanged views on the current state of the choice program in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts inter-district school choice program allows parents to enroll their children at schools in districts other than their own on a space-available basis. Unless they affirmatively decide not to participate in the program, districts must accept out-of-district students. Among the attendants were: (1) Richard Dissault, superintendent, Masconomet Regional School District; (2) Judy Kennedy, member, Lynn School Committee; and (3) Michael Ronan, superintendent, Uxbridge School District. The participants responded to a series of questions concerning the current dynamic between "sending" and "receiving" districts, the needs of parents and children as educational consumers, and possible improvements to the school-choice program. This document contains excerpts of that session. Although participants strongly supported school choice, they said the program could be improved if paperwork were simplified, if the student transportation problem was addressed, and if the state funded the programs that it mandates. (LMI)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Competition, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Free Choice Transfer Programs, Free Enterprise System, Interdistrict Policies, Parent Attitudes, Public Schools, Resource Allocation, School Choice, Student Needs, Student Transportation
Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 85 Devonshire St., 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02109 (single copies free).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Collected Works - Proceedings; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pioneer Inst. for Public Policy Research, Boston, MA.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts