The Great School Debate: Choice, Vouchers, and Charters

The Great School Debate: Choice, Vouchers, and Charters

The Great School Debate: Choice, Vouchers, and Charters

The Great School Debate: Choice, Vouchers, and Charters

Synopsis

This book will present a comprehensive examination of the latest school reform effort, the charter school movement. For anyone seriously interested in school reform & the charter school movement, including teachers, principals, & college educ faculty.

Excerpt

It is indisputable that most Americans are concerned with the quality of their schools. The controversy about school quality in the 1990s is but the latest chapter in an intense and ongoing debate that spans the second half of the 20th century. Beginning with the launching of Sputnik and moving through a series of "crisis" reports over the next four decades, citizens have periodically been told that America's public schools are failing and that this failure threatens national security. Frequently, these critics point to low test scores to support their claims.

Other critics, including many influential policymakers, acknowledge the crucial historical role played by our public schools but contend that educational needs in the 21st century demand dramatically new forms of schooling. Ironically, many of these same policymakers, while calling for new standards and goals, insist that schools be held publicly accountable through the use of old standardized tests that are not aligned with the new goals they advocate. Still other critics contend that although most U.S. schools are productive, crisis situations abound in inner-city schools. There are those who assert that equality of opportunity, the core ideal of American democracy, is being threatened as more and more children are educated in separate racial and socioeconomic enclaves rather than in common educational settings. Furthermore, there are arguments about who should control educa-

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