ERIC Number: ED448532
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Choices We Make: An Examination of the Impact of a Decade of Parental Choice & School Accountability Experimentation in England.
Public School Forum of North Carolina, Raleigh.
In little over a decade, England has given its 24,000 governing boards of public schools the power to hire their principals and virtually autonomous authority over their school budgets. England established, and then curtailed, a national voucher program. It made all its public schools "schools of choice." It created a new type of public school that received total autonomy from local school authorities and additional funding. However, the nation is now in the process of bringing those schools back into their school systems, while reducing additional funding. Simultaneously, they have initiated a very demanding accountability process that exceeds the typical standardized testing model common in the United States. The Labour party is launching sweeping changes in teacher preparation, proposing to initiate merit-pay incentives, and is creating "education enterprise zones" that will experiment with privatizing schools. A North Carolina delegation of educators, policymakers, and business leaders presents the findings of their look at England's experimentation with an educational choice laboratory and their first-hand observations of what comes from sweeping parental choice programs. (DFR)
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Change, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Public Schools, School Effectiveness, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Improvement
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public School Forum of North Carolina, Raleigh.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina