Education Reform (Library in a Book) by Ian C Friedman

By Ian C Friedman

In a single quantity, the entire crucial instruments; assessment of the subject, chronology of vital occasions, thesaurus of phrases, biographical directory, whole index, plus a completely annotated bibliography--P. [1] of canopy.

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There are three different types of options that fit the umbrella term of school choice. The least disputed and most common of these is intradistrict choice. This is the kind of public choice that allows parents to select among schools within their home district. Magnet schools, which typically focus on a specialization, such as technology or fine arts, are examples of intradistrict choice, as much or all of their enrollment is made up of students from all parts of the district and admission is based on lottery and/or the demonstration of academic achievement.

A second wave of reform focused on bottom-up changes, such as increased local control of schools and site-based management, teacher empowerment, parental involvement, and various forms of school choice. Two significant curricular schools of thought during this period were the modern tradition of progressive education of Ted Sizer and the academic curriculum emphasis of E. D. Hirsch. Sizer, former dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, published Horace’s Compromise in 1983. In it, he melded traditional progressive education principles while shedding some of the more discredited notions of the movement.

The difference is that charter schools are freed from many of the rules and regulations governing regular public schools that many feel cripple learning and stifle innovation. The schools operate under a contract, or “charter,” with a local school board, state, or university(ies). In exchange for exemption from most state and local regulations, the schools, usually with a smaller, limited enrollment designed to enhance attention to student needs, must educate students according to an agreed-upon standard and must prove their success in order to gain renewal of the charter.

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