ERIC Number: ED472995
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
School Choice. Trends and Issues.
Hadderman, Margaret, Comp.
This document examines many of the issues surrounding school choice. It summarizes the prevalence of school choice and touches on elements of the debate, such as the dilemma in finding the right balance between individual/family freedom and the interests of the community. In looking at school-choice options, the paper divides them into intrasectional (public) choice plans and intersectional choice plans. One example of an intrasectional or intradistrict plan is the magnet school, which is the most prevalent instrument of choice. Other types of intrasectional options include controlled-choice plans, charter schools, and contract schools. Plans that can be classified as intersectional choice plans include public voucher plans, as well as private voucher and scholarship plans. These plans allow students to attend schools in different districts, and various examples of where these plans have been tried are discussed. Other "choice" plans that are discussed are homeschooling, virtual schools, and alternative schools. The document describes how these various plans serve minority and disadvantaged students, looks at community and parental satisfaction, outlines some successful programs along with student achievement, evaluates tax credits and legislation, and lists some unfavorable outcomes associated with different school-choice options. (Contains approximately 300 references.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Administration, Educational Trends, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Home Schooling, Magnet Schools, Nontraditional Education, Private School Aid, School Choice
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.
Note: Stuart Smith also contributed to this report. For individual sections, see EA 032 331-338.