ERIC Number: ED403631
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Responses to a Harvard Study on School Choice: Is It a Study at All? Dialogue Series, Number 9.
Pioneer Inst. for Public Policy Research, Boston, MA.
A draft of a book, "School Choice: The Cultural Logic of Families, the Political Rationality of Institutions," received a great deal of media attention. The book contains research from nine different studies of school choice and includes an introduction and conclusion by Harvard professors Richard Elmore, Gary Orfield, and Bruce Fuller. The research found that despite the popularity of school choice, children in choice schools do not appear to learn at a higher rate than those who remain in neighborhood schools. In addition, choice plans often result in inequities. Pioneer Institute invited nine school-choice advocates to respond to the book's findings; this publication contains excerpts of their comments. The participants included Chester Finn, Howard Fuller, Charles Glenn, Paul Hill, Peggy Hunter, Susan Mitchell, Terry Moe, Joe Nathan, and Mary Anne Raywid. The participants argue that the manuscript is not a true study but a policy statement, has an antichoice bias, does not represent all school-choice programs, and is methodologically flawed. They also argue that a well-structured choice program does not lead to social inequality. A box inset contains excerpts of a critique made by Paul Peterson, Director of the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard, of Dr. John Witte's evaluation of the Milwaukee choice program. (LMI)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Competition, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Free Enterprise System, Parent Attitudes, Program Effectiveness, Racial Segregation, Research Problems, School Choice, Social Stratification
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
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Authoring Institution: Pioneer Inst. for Public Policy Research, Boston, MA.