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ERIC Number: ED434390
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-May
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
School Choice.
The Progress of Education Reform 1999-2001, v1 May 1999
This publication is the first in a series of reports that examine policy issues in education. It looks at the four major forms of school choice--charter schools, open enrollment, home schooling, and vouchers--and how they are changing the landscape of public education. School choice is one of the fastest-growing innovations in public education, with nearly 1 in 10 American public-school students participating in some form of choice. The report describes how charter schools are becoming increasingly popular throughout the U.S. and how states are meeting demand for these schools. It looks at open enrollment, which allows parents to choose where their children receive their education, and provides a brief history of this practice. An overview of homeschooling includes the racial composition of homeschoolers and the number of homeschooled students. The report discusses voucher programs, which enable parents to send their children to any school of their choice, and outlines why this practice is so controversial. The text closes with the observation that school choice depends on good policy, and it comments on the ground swell of support of school choice. Sidebars in the article offer further information, such as a list of resources that includes Web sites. (RJM)
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: General Electric Foundation, Ossining, NY.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Note: For volume 1 number 2, see EA 030 037.