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ERIC Number: ED467669
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Pages: 34
Abstractor: N/A
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School Choice in Philadelphia.
Keefe, Connie; Scher, Lauren; Sparks, Andrew; Weinbaum, Elliot
Throughout the country, a wide range of educational options exist, from neighborhood public schools to cyber-schools. This study focuses on school choice in improving the educational experience in one city, Philadelphia. The study employed interviews with policymakers, teachers, and others; a focus group of middle-school students; a collection of research and policy documents; and firsthand observations of a high-school choice fair and two conferences. The findings show that choice means different things to different people and that numerous and diverse policies exist. Nevertheless, the structure of many policies limits the choices of certain families. Recommendations include the following: increased efforts to increase awareness about choices; formation of an organization to further the sharing of information among educators; adequate funding for charter schools, but not at the expense of the school district; more clarity and consistency in accountability policies; ensuring that traditional and charter-school leaders and staff have the capacity to sustain their programs. From the research evidence, it remains unclear that school-choice programs are achieving their goals. Future research should include evaluations that assess the effects of school-choice programs on equity, educational outcomes, and cost-effectiveness. (Contains 52 references and a list of online resources.) (WFA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)