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ERIC Number: ED437731
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 192
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-55833-234-0
Partners for Justice: Catholic Schools and School Choice. Proceedings of the NCEA Symposium (Washington, D.C., February 4-7, 1999).
McDonald, Dale, Ed.
This book presents the proceedings of a symposium sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). One-hundred leaders of the Catholic school community came together to heighten awareness of the diversity and power of the parental choice movement, thus enabling Catholic educators to take a more effective leadership role in influencing public-policy debates. The symposium had four goals: (1) appreciate the complexities of the issues and the forces driving the school-choice movement; (2) explore the legal, political, and practical implications and challenges of school-choice options; (3) enable participants to take active leadership roles in the school-choice movement when they returned to their dioceses; and (4) publish the proceedings of the symposium. Several issue papers, which appear here, were commissioned for the symposium. These addressed the historic role of the Catholic church in supporting parental choice, a rationale for publicly funded school choice as good public policy, the legal perspective of choice initiatives, the impact of tax policy, and some findings of education research on school choice. Other topics include implications of school-choice experiments for urban education, a legal history of vouchers, and future directions. The presentations include: (1) "The Catholic Church's Involvement in the Educational Choice Movement" (Robert J. Banks); (2) "Implications of School Choice Experiments for Urban Education" (Paul E. Peterson); (3) "School Choice Programs--A Status Report" (Nina Shokraii-Rees); and (4) "Legal History of Vouchers--A Federal Constitutional Review" (Mark E. Chopko). An appendix includes a statement by the NCEA on parental choice in education. (RJM)
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Milwaukee, WI.
Authoring Institution: National Catholic Educational Association, Washington, DC.