School Choice or Best Systems: What Improves Education?

By Margaret C. Wang; Herbert J. Walberg | Go to book overview
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A Better Choice (ABC), 91
Academic success, see Achievement, student
Accountability, 17, 293
charter schools and, 56, 58–59
key components in systemwide, 165, 166
lack of, 14–16, 53–54
reforms providing greater, 18, 56
support and, 286
Accountability mechanisms, 165
Accountability system(s), 296
Texas, 294–295, 307
Achievement, student
characteristics of schools that most improve, 242–243, 245
charter schools' emphasis on, 58–59
competition for tuition dollars and, 20
DC Schools CFL program and, 222, 227–241, 248
districtwide initiatives contributing to, 296–297
per dollar, in private schools, 17–18
vouchers and, 112, 115–118, 120
Adaptive Learning Environments Model (ALEM), 223–224
Administrators, see also specific topics influence on school boards, 18–19
Agostino v. Felton, 5
Aguilar v. Felton, 5
Albany, 91
All–Regents curriculum, 345, 346, 349, 351
focus on struggling students, 346–350
teachers inspired to work harder, 347–348
All–Regents high schools, 345–346, 348, 350–351
impact on dropout rates, 351–353
and state policy, 348–351
statewide shift to, 324, 344–345
American Federation of Teachers (AFT), 133, 134, 136, 137, 149
Archdiocese Education Foundations, 77, 83

“Basics, old vs. new, 283
“Best system practices, 381–383
Bilingual education, 262, 314–315
central service budget, 196, 197
city budget, 188
education budget, 188, 189
integrated governance, 164, 187–189, see also Integrated governance
Birmingham Local Education Authority (LEA), 161, 162, 190–193, 210
contrasted with Chicago, 199–202
characteristics of integrated, 187
institutional features, 164
leadership, 194–195, 203–205
offering competitive services, 196–197
performance, compared with national average, 193, 194
school improvement strategies, 167, 193–197


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