Class Size vs. School Vouchers on the Achievement of Minority Students
The continuous achievement gap between African-American students and their white peers is a major problem in American education. The gap in fourth-grade reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) diminished in the 1970s, but since the early 1980s it has remained unchanged.
Evidence from many studies suggests that African-American students may benefit more than other students from improvement in educational quality. For example, class size effects have been greatest for African-American children.
This paper focuses on the effects of two programs -- voucher program and programs that reduce class size -- on the achievement of African-American children, and relative studies on both minority and non-minority students. Evidence for effects of both programs is presented. In many studies in many locations, both voucher programs class size reduction has been found to significantly increase student performance. The policy implications of these findings are discussed and presented to determine whether class size reduction is a better alternative than voucher programs for increasing student performance.
The impact of class size vs. voucher programs on student achievement has been a greatly debated issue for years. Educational vouchers were proposed by Milton Friedman in the 1950s as a means of improving the quality of elementary and secondary education (Molnar, 1998). In recent years, the use of vouchers has resurfaced, particularly as a method to help minority students. Vouchers provide public money for students to attend private schools.
Several experimental voucher programs have been introduced in the past decade. One of the oldest and largest is a pilot program begun in 1990 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Initial analyses of this data have suggested little or no improvement in the quality of education as the result of a voucher system (Molnar, 1998). These results, however, are quite controversial and are the subject of a good deal of debate. More recent pilot programs in New York City and Cleveland are now providing additional evidence for this debate. Preliminary, and equally controversial, results from the New York Choice Scholarship Program suggest that a voucher…… [Read More]
The case snowballed and grew until the nation viewed Zelmanv Simmons-Harris as the test case to try the legal boundary between church and state. It was also looked to for the purpose of redefining the meaning and scope of public education in America.
Enacted by the Ohio legislature in 1995, the Cleveland Scholarship and Tutoring Program allows 4,000 low-income children to attend private religious and secular schools with up to $2,250 in public support (Vitteritti, 2002). Participating schools must cap their tuition at $2,500 a year; the state pays up to 90% of whatever the school charges, depending on family income (Vitteritti, 2002). Following a high-profile legal battle, the program was upheld by the Ohio Supreme Court in 1999, prompting opponents to take their case into federal court (Vitteritti, 2002). On the day before school was to open that year, federal district court judge Solomon Oliver struck down the program, ruling that the use of tax dollars to pay for children to attend religious schools offends the First Amendment's Establishment Clause (Vitteritti, 2002). Judge Oliver halted the acceptance of new students to the program while the case was being appealed. Soon thereafter, a sharply divided (5-4) U.S. Supreme Court took an unusual move to vacate Judge Oliver's injunction and allow the program to continue unaltered while the case is in litigation (Vitteritti, 2002)."
The case as appealed and in 2004 the United States Court of Appeals representing the sixth circuit upheld and affirmed the lower court's ruling.
The case of Zelman v Simmons-Harris was founded in the fact that within the Cleveland district 46 out of the 56 voucher participating schools were from religious teachings leaving very few options for the parent that wanted their child to attend a secular school on the voucher program (Vitteritti, 2002).
In Zelman, the Ohio attorney general further pointed out that schools participating in the Cleveland voucher program represent only a small portion of the range of choices available outside the regular public schools. In 1999 Cleveland had 23 magnet schools with 13,000 students in attendance and eight charter schools with 1,600 students in attendance, compared with the 3,800 in the voucher program (Vitteritti, 2002). The two-person majority refused to accept the range-of-choice argument, however, because the magnet and the charter programs were not enacted…… [Read More]
Perhaps the biggest debate of public education over the past decade besides school vouchers has been the debate over whether or not it is legal to require students to wear a uniform to school. Increased crime, gang violence, poor academic performance in public schools has sparked the movement towards mandatory school uniforms. While school uniforms may seem the perfect solution to the problem, to some its as good as putting a band-aid on a three-inch deep wound. There are many arguments for and against school uniforms in public schools; the main concern has to do with the legality of making uniforms compulsory for public school students. The focus of this paper will be to discuss the issues presented by those both for and against school uniforms. Additionally, the legality of such a policy if implemented will also be presented. Finally, facts and figures on those schools that have implemented school uniform policies will be revealed.
In certain areas of California certain colors convey that the person wearing it is a member of a gang. Sadly, even those who wear these colors who are not members of the gang often become victims of the gangs mindless violence simply for wearing "their" colors. Three thousand miles away in New York City, students have been victims of crime because they wear what is considered to expensive clothing, students are not only targeted by their fellow students but outsiders as well. In the early 1990's the infamous and costly "8-Ball" jacket was highly sought after by thieves and many schools found themselves responding to situations because a student was attacked for his or her jacket. Many are also concerned about the learning environment; some argue that today's youth place more emphasis on clothes and fashion than their schoolwork. Some view the only solution to this violence is to require students to wear the same attire. Despite whether or not…… [Read More]
School Choice Program
This study aimed to determine the impact of school choice through a comparative study of two private schools, which serve primarily, or exclusively African-American students, and a public school.
Data in student achievement in math and reading and data on student attendance were used to determine the impact of choosing a school. Qualitative data derived from interviews with administrators and faculty as well as classroom observation were used to provide additional insight regarding the intellectual climate of the two private schools and the public school.
The focus of this study was on mathematics and reading in middle school students in both public and private schools in Milwaukee, as well as the focus of reform in the state -- reading in Michigan, writing in Vermont and California. This approach enabled me to adequately address my research questions and prove or disprove my hypotheses.
To begin, I conducted structured interviews with teacher educators and other providers of professional development, and district and school administrators in each school. Through these interviews, parental involvement, student achievement, knowledge of African-American culture, and degree of cultural awareness of students was determined. I interviewed teachers from each of the participating schools.
The purpose of the interviews and questionnaires was to obtain information on student performance, ultimately determining the impact of school choice on performance. All student performance reports were submitted without names, guaranteeing anonymity, unless permission was obtained to use names.
Scope and Limitations of Research
This study used a qualitative case study methodology, based on teacher interviews, supplemented by quantitative data analysis of the teacher questionnaires and student performance reports. Analysis of the qualitative data consisted of three stages.
The first stage involved "within case" analysis for each school site and resulted in a case study for each school. This case study was developed by observation of each school. The second stage entailed comparative analyses of the school, in which I compared and contrasted across school findings and analyzed individual school data to generate case study results. The third stage of analysis involved comparisons of the teacher interviews to develop a personal perspective of how the actual people involved in the day-to-day operation…… [Read More]
Her point is to get support for her views, and she did, because three months after she wrote this piece there was a rally at the State Capitol in Austin where 5,000 people called for school choice in front of the Capitol building. Therefore, her words helped people make up their minds and seek action from their legislators. However, she failed to convince the legislators, who did not even address school choice during the 2007 legislative session (Editors). Either this means that the legislators are not listening to the will of the people, or that her rhetoric failed to gain their support.
The media has certainly picked up this issue, and it is an issue all around the country, not just in Texas. The Milwaukee school district has had a voucher system like this for over sixteen years, and it has proven to be a money saving plan for taxpayers, and their dropout rates have decreased. However, some parents complain they have little recourse when they choose a school they are not happy with, so vouchers are not the only answer to public education, dropout rates, and other issues plaguing schools today. Jamie Story has an interesting theory, but her rhetoric outweighs her solid facts, and I would have felt much better if she had cited more concrete Milwaukee statistics in her article. She should have backed them up with where she got them, and given some real, usable numbers for the Texas taxpayer so they knew the program would not cost them more money in the end.… [Read More]
School Finance: Its Economics and Politics
School financing in America
Revenue sources for federal and state governments
Judicial reviews of school finance policy with evolving standards of equality
School-based decision making
Family choice of schooling
Reform of schooling-finance
Providing equality in educational opportunities to all is one of the cornerstones of American democracy. The founding fathers of America were aware of the necessity of having a population, which is educated since it enables an opportunity for all the citizens of the country to be successful. The necessity and the desire to create an environment where all children have equal opportunities for education to achieve success are now creating fundamental challenges in the field of education in America. In the 20th century, the issues which concerned school finance was about dealing with how to overcome fiscal disparities with the use of state and federal resources within a public school system. The public school system in the initial stages heavily depended on local funding. In the 21st century the issue concerning school finance system is how to improve the learning for all students, which is the fundamental purpose of education. How the performance of schools is affected as a result of the funding policies and practices is a very recent development. But this development has become a central important issue in the decision-making of school finance. Whatever be the issue in a debate, whether it is the role of federal government in education, revolt of the taxpayers, a lack of necessary infrastructure or increasing diversity the underlying problem is the same. It is about the issue of how to fund schools equitably and in an adequate manner. The paper has been divided into sub-sections dealing with several aspects of financing of education in America. (Kern;Richard, 1995)
School Financing in America:
In America policy makers have raised concern and educators as to find ways of making all its future citizens function in an effective manner, since the future society hold situations of highly complex and globally interconnected issues. As a result the solution is to provide schoolchildren with the requisite knowledge and skills that they would need to function effectively as future citizens. And policy makers and educators are constantly searching methods. An important factor of…… [Read More]
Schools operating in rich areas will ask more than the basic voucher price, while schools operating in the most difficult circumstances, dealing with socially excluded groups will be restricted to the basic voucher amount. Funds should be targeted to schools that need them, not schools who are already succeeding.
Another disadvantage is that education cannot be a market. Supply cannot adjust fast enough to changing demand so some pupils will always end up stuck in dying, under-funded schools because over-subscribed schools cannot expand fast enough.
The major drawback of a voucher system is that by funding non-government schools on the same basis as state schools, it makes them vulnerable to the same level of government regulation. The success and popularity of non-government schools is arguably due to their greater autonomy and independence.… [Read More]
Private vs. Public Schools
Many parents find themselves caught in a dilemma when trying to decide on which choice of education to take for their children. They ask themselves whether to take their children to private schools or public schools. For a parent to choose the ideal school for their children they always have to take into consideration all the available options. They consider things like the cost of the school, how much time they will invest as a parent, the social impact that the school have on their children based on the specific need of their children as well as the family.
Private schools offer the best option for the parent who is in need of better and quality education for their children. Private schools have a nearly perfect graduation rates which market them a great deal. Their performance is better as compared to the public schools. This is evident in SAT scores used by CAPE in 2003 in demonstrating the positive impact that the private schools have. The average for private schools SAT verbal nationally was 507, and math was 519, while for public schools the average verbal was 504 and math 516. When it was broken down further, private schools which are religious affiliated have average SAT verbal of 535 and math 530. Among these, independent private schools were the ones who boasted the highest averages with verbal at 550 and math 573. This was affirmed by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in standardized writing exams when it showed that 4th graders within private schools had a higher average of 13 points as compared to the one enrolled in public schools, reaching 8th grade their scores become 18 points higher as compared to public school students. At 12th grade the grade of the private school become 22 points higher as compared to the public schools.
Private schools always do not admit high number of students and that makes the ratio of teachers to students to be ideal and thus they can vest their interest in seeing their students succeed and the one which require special need become easily identified earlier not as in public school where due to the larger number of students, the few available teachers cannot identify and provide for every…… [Read More]
Educational Vouchers: Multiple Issues and Contradictory Results
The Merriman-Webster online dictionary offers three definitions for "voucher": "...a documentary record of a business transaction; a written affidavit or authorization; a form or check indicating a credit against future purchases or expenditures." None of the three even approaches the emotionally charged version of the term "voucher" when it comes to the current debate swirling around public vs. private schools. This paper digs into the "vouchers" - or "scholarships," or "subsidies," if you prefer - provided to families in several cities and states, to move their children from less desirable, academically troubled public schools to more desirable, for-profit private, mainly religious schools.
Long before there was any discussion about vouchers, Horace Mann of Massachusetts - the "Father of American public school education" - was in the vanguard of the movement (1837) to solidify support for quality public education, excellence in teacher training, and free libraries (North Carolina State University, 2003). As the first Secretary of the Massachusetts State Board of Education, Mann won financial support for public schools and doubled the wages of teachers. Later, his influence extended well beyond his home state. His "Common School Journal" (1841-1848) advocated - successfully, in most cases - for taxpayer support of public schools, that it was every child's American right to a free education, and that religious schools should pay their own way.
Meanwhile, in the late 1870s, the voucher concept's likely genesis emerged through the writings of English philosopher John Stuart Mill (Howell & Peterson, 2002). Mill, a celebrity thinker in the UK, favored compulsory pubic education albeit he insisted families should have the right to choose their children's schools. About his turbulent times, he said England was a "...battlefield for sects and parties, causing the time and labor which should have been spent in educating, to be wasted in quarreling...." Little could Mill have known that today, roughly one hundred thirty years later in the American educational system, there truly is a…… [Read More]
Statement of the Problem
In the business world, when a small company manages to bring a superior product to market in a more cost-effective fashion than their larger counterparts, analysts sit up and take notice. Likewise, according to Wilensky (2002), "With the decline of K- 12 quality in most public schools in the United States since 1970, the average quality of parochial and public schools has converged" (p. 76). Because resources are by definition scarce, and the costs associated with the American public school system are truly enormous, it just makes good business sense to identify best practices and determine what works best under what conditions and private schools typically spend far less than their public school counterparts (Coleman). Nevertheless, the nation's schools are not factories and its pupils and students are not so many widgets to be churned out according to a standard cookbook approach to academic development. As Lavy (2007) emphasizes, "In the private sector, market mechanisms discipline firms into providing products that consumers value, but public schools lack market discipline. Schooling is compulsory and public, and students are simply assigned to attend their neighborhood school. Parents and students who are unhappy with what their schools offer generally have no alternative except to attend a private school or move to another neighborhood or city -- alternatives that are too costly for many" (p. 87).
On the one hand, the increased focus on private schools has resulted in a number of national- and state-level studies comparing the performance of private and public schools according to various metrics. On the other hand, though, the vast majority of these studies have been characterized by various flaws or constraints that make meaningful comparisons difficult or impossible. As Willms (1992) emphasizes, "In many cases comparisons between schools are made without making statistical adjustments for the types of pupils…… [Read More]
Only one respondent had strong views regarding the difference between private and parochial school funding, stating that it was dangerous to fund schools with religious affiliations, because of the potential favoritism this could generate, and citing the need for a separation from church and state. Most of the respondents said that it did not matter whether parochial or secular private schools received funding, and they were more concerned about the justice of the funding than any religious issues at stake. Regarding support for special needs children whose needs were not being met by the conventional school system, almost all of the respondents agreed that this was a necessary instance of public funding for private education except for one, who stated that too many students were being diagnosed with learning disabilities and he was not sure the money would be spent wisely.
Support for charter schools (which are not private schools, but public schools that receive federal funds but are exempt from many regulations regarding admissions, accountability, and standardized assessments) tended to depend upon the respondent's position on private school funding. Supports of private school vouchers tended to support charter schools as a way of extending more individualized attention to students while supporters of public schools believed that too much emphasis on charter schools, which could only help a small segment of the population, would divert resources away from the public school system.… [Read More]
Public School Funding
With reports on the lower standardized test scores among the nation's students, policy makers are once again turning their attention to the issue of education reform. For many educators, one of the culprits behind this is not only the dearth of money spent on public education. Rather, the available funding is disbursed unequally, benefiting the already more affluent school districts.
This paper examines the inequity that exists in funding public school education.
The first part of this paper looks at examples of this unequal funding throughout the country. The next part of the paper then looks at the various reasons for these disparities, from the government level to the lack of public support.
In the conclusion, this paper argues that there remains a strong need to increase public support for education funding, and to re-work the current formula used by states to determine how school funds are disbursed. After all, whether one is wealthy or poor, it is in everyone's interests to ensure that the succeeding generation of Americans is both skilled and educated.
In 2001, Congress agreed to re-write the long-standing Elementary and Secondary Education Act. This alone was a contentious step, since agreeing to the re-write opened the doors for controversial programs such as the school voucher program. Critics of the law also charge that President Bush is ignoring his campaign promise to provide sufficient funding for all school districts, to ensure that low-income students can catch up to the test scores of their more affluent peers (Swindell 2003).
In a study conducted in 2000, the Educational Trust found that across the nation, school districts that serve a higher concentration of low-income students receive far less state and local funding. This holds true in 30 out of 37 states included in the study, where districts with the fewest concentration of low-income…… [Read More]
Student Body Size on School Costs and Academic Performance in Mississippi High Schools
One of the most heated point of contention within school districts currently is the variable effects of school size, school funding and student performance. There are costs and benefits associated with school size and especially class size and those issues effect school funding, as it is largely accepted that less schools, therefore larger schools equals less cost overall. Yet, the concern in any district is the trade off associated with increasing the size of the student body and therefore almost assuredly increasing the class size and the student to teacher ratio.
The decade of the 1980s saw a massive effort on the part of state governments to reform their educational systems. Although most efforts such as decreasing student-teacher ratios or increasing teacher salaries had little impact on student performance, three variables that are under the control of state education agencies are related to performance - compulsory education laws, school size, and long-term educational funding.
Smith and Meier)
The education system within the United States has been is driven by the economy as tax revenue is the major source of school funding. "To some degree the picture will be affected by the economy of the country. If it takes a serious downturn, school districts will increase class size, eliminate some subject areas, and hire fewer new teachers."
Maloy and Seidman 18) Additionally the education system has been in a constant state of flux, while educators and lawmakers alike attempt to improve upon a system that's image fluxuates almost as much as policy.
Ironically, at a time when job prospects seem to be the most positive they have been in two decades, teaching and teacher education, are under attack. In the 1950s the former Soviet Union's launching of Sputnik created a crisis in confidence in United States schooling. In 1983 the report entitled A Nation at Risk declared a crisis in American schools. In fact, for the entire twentieth century, the field of education has been…… [Read More]
Arts Education in California public schools have become a permanent feature in advancing their extra curriculum. It seems to benefit majority of the students, as such a subject is helpful in exercising a kids' mind while concentrating on other area. Though the governor of California needs to allocate monies for such programs so that in the upcoming years more students can benefit by participating in these areas.
Arts education is taking a wild turnover, introducing new methods, variety of opportunities in schools and colleges, hence elaborating it into a vast subject.
While we contemplate about its roots, we must extract its importance in our daily lives and the role it plays in a person's daily developments. Most schools offer their students arts, music and theatre as an extracurricular activity, in order to expand and exercise their mental capability. Achieving outstanding grades in subjects, such as Maths, Latin, English, French, History and so on, is what most students aim for in elementary and high school education. Having arts and music as a subject have exceeded the education program level in most public and private schools.
Until the 1900s students were in a dilemma, which school to attend, unless there were parents who were wealthy enough to pay for private schools. Yet some parents were in a disarray, to look for schools in accordance their residence, leaving little choice for children. The school choice movement made an attempt to end this confusion, by allowing the students to select schools of their own choice.
Public School Choice Vs Private School Vouchers: (http://www.aypf.org/forumbriefs/2001/fb060801.htm)
Thus giving these students the freedom of movement, as more and more students choose their schools and their subjects accordingly.
Such a step alerted many schools all over the state to upgrade their budgeting in most subject, specially arts, which requires a vast variety of materials and programs. California being one state where the arts council remains flat at a little over $1 million towards their general funds, in comparison to other states. Their Arts Advocates and many others are working with legislators…… [Read More]
Private schools also do not have to give students testing like is required in public schools, so children may or may not be getting a better education -- there is no way to compare. Certain rules and regulations in private schools may make it difficult for kids to follow, and therefore they do not do as well in private schools but are more able to express themselves in the environment of a public school. Public schools also by law must be standardized in their provision of programs and services, and private schools are not.
Private and public schools both have their own benefits and problems. I still feel that when you take into account the fact that the price is reasonable, the education more focused and the teacher attention more individual, it is important that whenever possible, children be allowed to attend a private school.
No author listed: What Price Private Education. TimesOnline. Jan 7, 2007. Accessed on the internet at http://timescolumns.typepad.com/gledhill/2007/01/what_price_a_pr.html
David Boaz and R. Morris Barrett. What Would a School Voucher Buy?
The Real Cost of Private Schools. March, 1996. Accessed online at http://www.cato.org/pubs/briefs/bp-025.html
Thorp, Victoria & James, Jessie. Private vs. Public Schools: What's the Difference? Great Schools. Accessed on the Internet at http://family.go.com/parenting/ms-learning/article-gs-17869-private-vs.--public-schools--what-s-the-difference -- t/… [Read More]
One hears a great deal today about the poor quality of education. While some children do well, others cannot seem to learn even the basics. Reading, writing, and arithmetic -- the famous four R's -- have garnered a great deal of attention in one educational initiative after another. Presidents, governors, mayors, and school district superintendents have all taken up the battle cry. Numerous ideas have been proposed, but so far none have been adopted universally, perhaps because none have been proven fool-proof. Clearly, we must look closely at the problem at hand; determine precisely what it is that our children are lacking; what our goals are, and how these goals can best be achieved. Among the many proposals that have been floated is the idea of Year Round Schooling. A marked break with tradition, Year Round Schooling would seem to offer various advantages. The lack of extended breaks would seem to work against the disruption of the learning process, eliminating the need for so much review and repetition. A Year Round School System could also help cash-strapped school districts to educate more children with limited resources -- children could attend different school sessions. The lack of resources also encompasses human resources -- teachers, administrators, etc. -- by teaching more than one session a year school districts could also solve chronic personnel problems. Most definitely, the idea of Year Round Schools needs to be investigated more closely.
The issue of year round schools is a complex one, with numerous pros and cons. Any investigation of the subject requires breaking down the problem into its component parts. Firstly, there are the supposed advantages of the year round school plan. In general, these perceived advantages are weighed against the more traditional approach to education; the idea that each year of a child's schooling should be distinct from any other. According to traditional ideas, each school year consists begins in late summer, or early fall, and ends the following spring. The year is followed by a break of several weeks, after which the next school year commences. The pattern is followed through from Kindergarten to…… [Read More]
With 6,153,000 covered under the IDEA, schools are eligible to receive $18.01 billion federal funds. Regrettably, schools are just receiving a paltry $7.5 billon. (National Education Association: IDEA Funding Coalition Offers Proposal -Plan would make funding mandatory)
To look at it in another way schools are at present receiving just approximately 17% rather than the federal commitment of 40% of APPE. Even though that is a considerable amount, schools will make expenditure in excess of $102 billion on those students. Apart from that, there are additional components within IDEA that are financed individually and cater extra purposes. There are many ways by which federal shortfall hurts the school districts. Whereas a lot of interest has been generated to mounting federal expenses meant for special education since previous few years, new federal funding has not kept pace with the mounting costs at the regional levels. Indeed, special education costs meant for local school districts are going considerably faster compared to new federal funding.
Even with the latest rises in federal special education funding since the past few years, the monetary load has risen from 39% of total spending to 45% during the same period. It is important to know how fully funding IDEA assist students would across the country. At present, local districts are finding it hard to pay for the required services under a student's IEP. Fully funding of IDEA will assist to alleviate the burden by supplying the needed dollars the excellence and the spectrum of the services available. More federal dollars will assist in raising pay packets for teachers and associated service personnel, thus allowing districts to improve appointment and preventing of attrition. (National Education Association: IDEA Funding Coalition Offers Proposal -Plan would make funding… [Read More]
6% total attendance) while dropout rates decreased by amazing percentiles (300% decrease from 8 to 1.9%). This is not only in Maryland's schools but in others as well.
III. Outcomes Reported in National Reports
The work entitled "Engendering School Improvement Through Strung Instructional Leadership" a study of the Sale Elementary School and Columbus Municipal School District in Columbus, Mississippi, by author Gregory E. Woods states that "effective schooling research identified schooling practices and characteristics were the focus of "the outcomes of measured practices in the classroom in relation to the achievement of and improvement in leadership in the instructional prices of the teachers. Through District-wide effort the school, with a 51.2% African-American population and 48 percentage of other the 5,840 students enrolled passed a 17 million bond for funding reorganization in the district and through efforts such as the school librarian, Virginia Lindsey, who gained a grant for the school for the purchase of two computers and the Macmillan reading program. That in combination with other reading programs such as STARS (Students readings silently) there was a 72% increase of STA reading scores in the percentage in 1992 and 1993 was witness to the spot of the top 75 percentile range.
It is clear that the school improvement initiatives are showing improvement efforts and outcomes that give validation to the purported 'best practices' in education. "Whole School" improvement or that of "School- and District-Wide implementations inclusive of technological benefits such as email and forum contact of teachers as well as benefits to students are shown effective with positive outcomes. The claims many positive outcomes.
Conversations between teachers "online" via the web and on a National basis reveals the new 'globalization' taking place in education and the need for technological provisions of learning in classrooms as well as the preparation of teachers for instructional practice in the classroom. Ongoing evaluation of goals and programs are stated as integral for continuing success in school improvement. The importance of instruction in essential subject and skill areas in schools is vital to the initiation, sustenance and maintenance of school improvement.
There will be differential expressions of needs depending on the size, location and other demographical information specific to the school or district however, the certainty is that through implementation of school improvement initiatives the communities to which the school…… [Read More]
School Voucher System
WHY WAS IT WRITTEN?
Proponents - believe voucher systems increase parent choice regarding school attendance for their children. (AFT, accessed 2002b).
Opponents - voucher systems do not give parents full choice - they are limited by size of tuition and fact that private and parochial schools can choose their students and may not admit the child in question
AFT Position - Supports the right to use private schools; opposes the use of public funds to help pay for it.
Reasons (AFT, accessed 2002b):
That money could go to public schools that are available to all children
That public school is essential to democracy
That public schools are more accountable to taxpayers than private or parochial ones
That private and parochial schools often pick their students in biased ways
That voucher systems do not improve student education
D. What research shows improves educational outcomes (AFT, accessed 2002b)
reducing class size
using best practices to teach
II. WHAT VALUES DOES IT ENDORSE?
A. This bill endorses the idea of parental choice for parents regarding how they raise their children, including the choice of educational setting for them.
B. The bill argues that parents with limited financial means by definition have fewer educational choices, since they can't afford private school tuition.
C. Critics argue that since such bills provide limited amounts of money, such a program doesn't really increase choices for most places.
1. Only $2,000 - will not cover all tuition
2. Can provide $500 for such things as tutoring, but in many places, good tutors charge $35 an hour. That would be only about 14 hours of tutoring, not enough to make much of a difference for most struggling students.
III. WHAT WOULD BE THE IMPACT OF THE BILL IF ADOPTED?
A. Overview. Although in theory, McCain's bill does not come out of educational funds, 1. The reality is that our congressional representatives struggle to provide a balanced budget.
2.When they look at how much money is being spent on education, they will include the voucher program.
3. Money that goes to voucher programs cannot go to any kind of educational benefits that all students could…… [Read More]
"Since public schools have become over crowded, guns and violence are a daily occurrence, and private schools are so over priced for the average family, home schooling has become an excellent alternative."
Education all the while has been a burning issue, it has been talked about in political fraternities, in the media and expectantly, in the households of America. Schools are encountering plummeting test results, aggressive behavior and other difficulties and it evidently appears that there is an urgency to assess various options for imparting education to the children of America. A lot of alternatives are available; however, home school, private schools and public schools are among the three types of schools which are extremely widespread and adored by all. (Evaluating schooling alternatives)
Nowadays, public schools possess several limitations, like they had all through the previous century, like they will be all the while, as they are a venture of people. Nearly, all the limitations in our schools can be rooted to economic deprivation -- particularly patches of economic deprivation. Contemporary studies on mathematics and science underscores several years of research revealing that economically disadvantaged students are directed into low and middle-path classes, get teachers having the minimum skill levels and experience, possessing the minimum efficient guidance and the largest crowded classrooms. These fiascos are the outcomes of sub-standard educational choices made in order to tackle dilemmas, which is faced by our schools and lies outside the purview of teachers to deal with. (Choice won't solve the problems in our public schools)
Let us see an instance of overloading in classrooms. An evaluation was done by the office of the Public Advocate of classroom sizes in public schools in New York starting from KG to 6th standard utilizing the data received from the Independent Budget Office -- IBO. The Public Advocate investigated the development done in decreasing the size of the classes between October 1998 and October 2001. The study discovers that in spite of investments by the state and federal administration from K. To 3rd grade decrease in size of the classes, a lot of initial grade classes continue to be congested as school building are…… [Read More]