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ERIC Number: ED444232
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 43
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Much Ado about Nothing: The Minimal Competitive Effects of the Cleveland Voucher Program.
Hess, Frederick M.; McGuinn, Patrick
This paper examines how the introduction of the Cleveland, Ohio, voucher experiment in 1995 affected the administration and leadership of the city's public schools. The paper focuses on the nature of political and bureaucratic responses to competition and describes the short-term consequences of competition and how such consequences might influence the long term. Data were gathered through interviews with educational participants and observers, visits to public and private schools, archival searches of newspaper coverage, and an extensive review of school-system documents, board minutes, private papers, statistical data, and secondary documents. The paper offers a history of the troubles that the Cleveland Public School (CPS) system has endured and describes both the beginnings of the voucher program and the turmoil that has rocked this program. Findings suggest that teachers and administrators in the CPS did not view the voucher program as a serious threat. As a result, public schools were not motivated to alter their practices. The limited size, early difficulties, and bleak political and legal prospects of the voucher program all undermined any competition the voucher system could have offered. It is claimed that competition is crucial to promoting school improvement. (Contains 68 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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