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ERIC Number: ED471053
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Pages: 36
Abstractor: N/A
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Vouchers: A Trap, Not a Choice. California School Vouchers Will Increase Racial Inequaltiy.
Johnson, Tammy; Piana, Libero Della; Burlingame, Phyllida
This report asserts that there are inaccuracies in proponents claims that vouchers represent an opportunity for families of color to achieve a more equitable education for their children. Six sections discuss "The Problematic Background of Proposition 38 and Other Voucher Programs" (the racist history of vouchers and the current national picture); "How Vouchers Can Lead to Discrimination: Parents Don't Get to Choose, Schools Do" (private schools can deny admission to voucher students, and there is no way to hold private schools accountable for racism); "Vouchers Exacerbate Existing Inequality" (universal choice means white choice, private schools lack services that low income people need, and the voucher amount is not enough to establish good schools); "A California Voucher Program Would Leave Most Students of Color in Weakened Public Schools"; "Support for Education Reform Does Not Equal Support for Proposition 38" (polls are misleading, voucher support cannot be isolated from support for general education reform, and support is not based on realities of voucher programs); and "A Real Reform for People of Color: Equity and Excellence for Everyone" (the SMART Schools proposal, which stands for Small classes and schools, Money for quality education, Authentic assessment and high standards, Racial and economic equity in educational policies and opportunities, and Top-notch teaching and rigorous curriculum). (Contains 80 endnotes.) (SM)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Applied Research Center, Oakland, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California