Restructuring Education: Innovations and Evaluations of Alternative Systems / Edition 1

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American education is undergoing rapid change. Concern over poor student performance, the ability and motivation of teachers, and the inefficiency of school bureaucracy have led to numerous recommendations for changing the structure of American education. These vary from small changes in the current structure to wholesale privatization of public schools. The contributions in this book discuss a wide range of proposals, including greater school choice, charter schools, promoting contact with the business community, public-private partnerships, and more. Several chapters assess the current research on choice and restructuring. Overall the consensus is that proposed reforms have a good chance of yielding significant benefits.

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Meet the Author

SIMON HAKIM is Professor of Economics and Codirector of the Privatization Research Center of Temple University.

DANIEL J. RYAN is Assistant Professor of Economics at Temple University. He has been with the Economics Department at Temple since 1990, including three years at the Japan campus in Tokyo. He is the editor of Privatization and Competition in Telecommunications: International Developments (Praeger, 1997) and is currently doing research on business cycles and productivity growth.

JUDITH C. STULL is Associate Professor of Sociology at LaSalle University and Senior Research Associate at the Mid-Atlantic Laboratory for Student Success at Temple University Center in Human Development and Education. She has published extensively in sociology, economics, and education journals and is the author of Software and Sociology, a volume using computers to teach sociology.

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Table of Contents

Foreword and Introduction

A New Social Contract and the Future of Education by Lamar Alexander

Recent Trends in Education by Judith C. Stull and Daniel J. Ryan

The Education Framework

School Choice for Strong Schools by Peter Cookson

Who Should Decide the Why, What, and How of Schooling? by Charles L. Glenn

Choice in Education

Choice, Charters, and Privitazation by David W. Kirkpatrick

Can School Choice Deliver What It Promises by Richard Rothstein

Historical Trends and Experiences in School Choice: An International Phenonmenon by Patrick Lynch

School Choice: The Case of New York's District 4 by Christine Roch, Mark Schneider, Paul Teske and Melissa Marschall

School Choices as a Policy Reform: Issues and Approaches by Michael Mintrom, Douglas J. Lamdin

Restructuring Education

Accountability: Renewing Public Schools in Chicago by Richard M. Daley

Chartered in Uncharted Waters by Afiya Graham

Market-Driven Education by A.J. Clegg

Making Greater and Better Use of the Private Sector in Education: Suggestions for School-Business Partnerships by Elaine Morley

The Contracting Out of Instructional Services by Douglas J. Lamdin

Restructuring Schools Through School-Based Management: Experiences and Insights from 12 Districts by Mary Kopczynski

Teaching Know-How: The School-to-Work Movement to Restructure Education by Jan Hively

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