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ERIC Number: ED485701
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Pages: 88
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-1-890624-36-5
Forging Consensus: Can the School Choice Community Come Together on an Explicit Goal and a Plan for Achieving It? A Mackinac Center Report
Coulson, Andrew
Mackinac Center for Public Policy
School choice proponents share a recognition that the institution of public schooling is not living up to our ideals of public education. Despite that shared recognition, a diverse and sometimes conflicting set of policies are championed. The purpose of this paper is to improve the movement's prospects for success by identifying the precise points of disagreement, and beginning to work through them. It openly confronts and dissects the key differences that have plagued the school reform movement. Sections include: (1) The Goal: What Are We Trying to Achieve?; (2) The Strategy: Smorgasbord or Model System?; (3) The Search: Looking for a Better System of Education; (4) The System: Market Education; (5) The Policies: Which Way to the Market?; and (6) Conclusions and Recommendations. (Contains 114 endnotes.) [This report was also prepared for the Legislative Education Action Drive (LEAD) Foundation.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mackinac Center for Public Policy, Midland, MI.