ERIC Number: ED439492
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
School Choice Policies in Michigan: The Rules Matter.
Arsen, David; Plank, David; Sykes, Gary
This report studies the combined impact of Michigan's two school-choice policies: charter schools, known as "Public School Academies," and interdistrict student transfers. The report examines geographical patterns of school-choice participation among the state's school districts, and investigates how schools and districts have responded to the challenges and opportunities posed by choice policies. To date, school-choice policies are having both positive and negative effects on Michigan's education system. Further expansion of these school-choice options is desirable, but only if accompanied by improvements in policy design and implementation. While such policies open up new opportunities for poor students, and make schools more responsive to parents' preferences, they also impose costs on some schools and students, including some of the state's neediest. Policy makers, therefore, should focus their attention on the rules and administrative procedures that govern the operation of choice policy. A report of ongoing research at Michigan State University regarding new choice policies in the state is appended. (Contains notes for each chapter, an appendix summarizing the research methodology, and an index.) (DFR)
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, Board of Education Policy, Charter Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Parent Rights, School Choice, Transfer Students
For full text: http://edtech.connect.msu.edu/choice/conference/default.asp.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.; Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan