ERIC Number: ED450471
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The School Choice Debate: Framing the Issues. [Review of the International Conference on School Choice and Educational Change (East Lansing, Michigan, March 15-17, 2000)].
Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Education Policy Center.
Determining the value of school-choice programs depends on an assessment of consequences on the differing elements of the school system. The International Conference on School Choice and Educational Change at Michigan State University explored the themes of governance, equity and access, innovation, student outcomes, and accountability from the perspectives of both choice advocates and critics. Each chapter summarizes a conference presentation and assesses the arguments and available evidence on each issue. Chapter 1, "School Choice and Educational Change," introduces key conference themes and argues for the need to move the choice debate to new terrain. Chapter 2, "Does Choice Undermine the Democratic Control of Schooling?" explores perspectives on governance, fundamental assumptions, research, and policy implications. Chapter 3, "Does Choice Enhance the Educational Opportunities Available to Poor Children?" examines the impact of choice on educational access. Chapter 4, "Does Choice Encourage Innovation and Improvement in Schools?" analyzes the effect of Michigan choice programs in stimulating educational competition. Chapter 5, "Does Choice Produce Gains in Student Achievement or Other Outcomes?" provides differing perspectives on the role, impact, and validity of assessment tools to measure achievement. Chapter 6, "Does Choice Make Schools More Accountable for Their Performance?" explores the structure, objectives, and design of accountability elements of choice programs. Chapter 7, "Lessons and Questions for Public Debate," summarizes key issues pertaining to choice programs, and reviews essential research, policy requirements, and program scope considerations. (TEJ)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Education Policy Center.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan