ERIC Number: ED451287
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
School Choice in Michigan: A Primer for Freedom in Education. A Guide for Exercising Parents' Rights and Responsibilities To Direct the Education of Their Children. A Mackinac Center Report.
Brouillette, Matthew J.
This primer explains school choice, historically reviewing the origins and growth of tax-funded schools nationwide and how they became synonymous with public education. It examines the rise of government-funded and operated schools in Michigan through the efforts of Isaac Crary and John Pierce and describes the negative effects of a 1970 state constitutional amendment that severely restricts parents' ability to exercise school choice. The primer demonstrates the failure of many past and present education reforms, including ever-increasing funding, to significantly improve the quality of government education, and it explains different types of school choice (including intra- and inter-district choice, charter schools, tuition vouchers, and tax credits). Finally, it evaluates the progress of school choice programs available nationwide; identifies individuals and organizations who support, oppose, or are ambivalent to greater school choice in Michigan; and outlines strategic plans that parents and other concerned citizens can follow to get involved in efforts to improve education through greater school choice. Appendixes include a glossary, a sample illustration of how to advocate for school choice with letters to the editor of local newspapers, and a list of where to go for more information on this and other education issues. (Contains 175 endnotes.) (SM)
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational History, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Government Role, Parent Responsibility, Parent Rights, Public Education, School Choice, State Government, Tax Credits
Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 140 West Main Street, P.O. Box 568, Midland, MI 48640. Tel: 517-631-0900; Fax: 517-631-0964; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.mackinac.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mackinac Center for Public Policy, Midland, MI.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan