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School Choice

  • San Antonio School Choice Research Project. Final Report. Corp Author(s): North Texas Univ., Denton. Center for the Study of Education Reform
    The findings of an investigation of both a private and a public school-choice program in San Antonio, Texas, between 1992 and 1996 are evaluated in this report. The private program, sponsored by the Children's Educational Opportunity (CEO) Foundation, provides scholarships to low-income parents to enroll their children in private schools, while the public program, offered by the San Antonio Independent School District, selects students from across the district to study foreign language and culture ("the multicultural program").
  • School Choice and Social Justice
    This book presents a view of what constitutes social justice in education, arguing that justice requires that all children have a real opportunity to become autonomous people, and that the state use a criterion of educational equality for deploying educational resources. Through systematic evaluation of empirical evidence, the book suggests that existing plans do not fare well against the criterion of social justice, yet this need not impugn school choice.
  • School Choice and the Development of Autonomy: A Reply to Brighouse
    Argues that for children to develop autonomy they must be socialized into the values of the adult community but then exposed to those of other communities. Proposes that school choice plays a role in the first, but that other actions must be taken to ensure the second.
  • Student Diversity, Choice, and School Improvement
    This book examines research about trends affecting public school diversity, improvement, and choice. It finds that schools with socioeconomically and racially diversified student bodies are more effective learning communities than schools that are poverty-concentrated and racially homogenous.