ERIC Number: ED430265
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Controlled Choice: A New Approach to School Desegregated Education and School Improvement.
Willie, Charles V.; Alves, Michael J.
This guide is intended to help public-school educators, policy makers, and others develop a school desegregation plan. The guide presents the basic features of the Controlled Choice Student-Assignment Plan, which was developed to achieve student-body diversity, provide choice regarding one's school of enrollment, and promote school improvement. The plan embraces the notion of complementarity, wherein opposites are attracted and completed by each other and thereby serve as mutual enhancements. The volume explores the value of organizing the delivery of educational services by neighborhoods and looks at alternatives to neighborhood schools. The plan is presented in four chapters. Chapter 1 examines the principles and assumptions of Controlled Choice, such as the idea that risks for good public-school experiences and against bad public-school experiences should be shared in an equitable way. Chapter 2 describes design and implementation strategies for Controlled Choice, emphasizing the importance of a planning process that is open to everyone. Chapter 3 then turns to community organization theory, outlining the strategy of establishing a structure that can harmonize formal authority that travels from top to bottom and from bottom to top. The last chapter details how Controlled Choice worked in Boston, Massachusetts, where a Controlled Choice Student Assignment Plan was initiated in 1989. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New England Desegregation Assistance Center for Equity in Education, Providence, RI.; Brown Univ., Providence, RI. Education Alliance for Equity in the Nation's Schools.