The Politics of School Choice

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1999 - Education - 337 pages
The Politics of School Choice is the first comprehensive examination of diverse efforts to promote tax credits, public vouchers, private scholarships, and charter schools. Morken and Formicola provide the most current national report on the burgeoning American school choice movement. They analyze the strategies and tactics being used by a wide variety of individuals and organizations to leverage change, pass laws, win court cases, and mobilize community support to build successful, winning, school choice coalitions. Based largely on extensive interviews, documentary research, and surveys, this book covers the spectrum of school choice options and shows how they are being promoted in the United States today. It explains who the players are, what types of programs they endorse, and the various rationales behind them. The authors report the views of the entrepreneurs, religious leaders, heads of think tanks and foundations, public litigators, scholars, activists, minority leaders, and politicians who are in the forefront of providing parents with resources for educational alternatives. Finally, Morken and Formicola cover the strengths and weaknesses of the school choice issue, concluding that the movement has a wide ranging membership, that is uneven in its implementation, and that it is taking different forms in various regions of the country. As the pace of change accelerates and new school choice programs proliferate, this study is a critical resource for all those concerned about the present and future staus of American education.
 

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Contents

The Federal Government the Courts and School Choice
15
Elections and Legislation Colorado and California
42
Consensus Building Michigan and Pennsylvania
73
Entrepreneurial Strategies
118
Religious Strategies Catholics and Evangelicals
152
AfricanAmerican Strategies
199
Scholars Activists and Advocacy
228
Trends and Analyses
275
Survey Questions and List of Respondents
297
Survey Tables
301
Internet Homepages with Information on School Choice Issues
303
Federal and State Education Agencies
308
Bibliography
315
Index
325
About the Authors
Copyright

Conclusion
288

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Hubert Morken is professor of government at the Robertson School of Government, Regent University. Jo Renee Formicola is associate professor of political science at Seton Hall University.

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