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ERIC Number: ED439519
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 47
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Diversification and Duplication in Charter Schools and Grant-Maintained Schools: An Exploration in the Political Economy of School Choice.
Lubienski, Chris
This paper examines the political economy of charter schools to understand the tendencies toward standardization and emulation that these school exhibit. It draws on the developed model of grant-maintained schools in the United Kingdom as an example of the market model's evolution in mass education. It analyzes the promise of such approaches to explore reformers' underlying assumptions and thus offers a window into perspectives that have driven these prolific reforms. The paper contrasts the emerging evidence with the public promises of reformers and contrasts these with the disappointing lack of diversification of options for education consumers. It states that widespread and controversial reforms in education across the globe entailed the introduction of market mechanisms of consumer choice and competition among providers in mass education. The text explores the promise of choice plans and charter schools, the effects of competition, and the reaction to uniformity. It concludes that there is a standardizing tendency inherent in markets that both accompanies and counteracts the potential for diversification that competitive markets can generate. The paper claims that market-oriented reformers generally ignore the constraining properties of competitive markets in their discussion of the potential effects of competition in education. (Contains approximately 225 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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