ERIC Number: ED412611
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Sep-23
What Really Matters in American Education.
Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of the Secretary.
Quality public schools are the foundation of a democracy and a free enterprise economic system. This paper, a transcript of the speech delivered by United States Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley, offers data to support the following themes: (1) vouchers threaten the fundamental mission of public education; (2) a voucher program which served a substantial number of public school students would suffer from serious implementation problems related to private school's capacity and mission, and would violate basic principles of equity and a quality education for all students; (3) there are basic, unanswered questions about the benefits of vouchers and the comparative advantage of private schools for student learning; (4) fundamental improvements are needed in public schools; and (5) national and local indicators suggest that reforms are beginning to work. (Contains 29 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of the Secretary.
Note: White Paper prepared for U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley for Speech at the National Press Club (Washington, DC, September 23, 1997).