ERIC Number: ED425126
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct-5
Reference Count: N/A
School Choice and Privatization Efforts: A Legislative Survey.
Recently, legislators have become interested in school privatization as a tool to increase educational choices, introducing more than 400 bills related to privatization during the 1998 session. The education privatization movement is a compilation of many different efforts to expand the role of private schools in education. The efforts include using public funds directly through grants or scholarships, and indirectly through tax incentives. Through a survey of legislation and a review of available literature, this paper details the current state of privatization efforts. Data collection included a search of the StateNet database (a private database of all bills introduced during the current session in every state legislature and Congress). The search turned up 452 bills related to choice, vouchers, tax credits, and charter schools. The bills identified were categorized by reform, content, sponsor, sponsor's party affiliation, party control of legislature and governor's office, and final status (passed, failed, or vetoed). This report presents an overview of the legislation, then offers case examinations from Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and Virginia. An appendix defines relevant terms. (Contains 47 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Legislation, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Parent Participation, Private School Aid, Public Schools, School Choice, State Legislation, Tax Credits
AACTE Publications, 1307 New York Avenue, N.W., Suite 300, Washington, DC 20005-4701.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; Colorado; Utah; Virginia