Voucher Wars

Author: Clint Bolick
Publisher: Cato Institute
ISBN: 1933995475
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Set against the backdrop of a monopoly public school system that consigns millions of disadvantaged children to educational inequality, the Cleveland school vouchers case, appealed all the way to the Supreme Court -- which on June 27, 2002 upheld the program in an historic decision -- has brought the issue of educational freedom to national attention. Some have called it the most important lawsuit of its kind since Brown v. Board of Education. In this book, Clint Bolick, one of the premier fighters for school choice in the nation, and counsel in the Cleveland case, recounts the drama and the tactics of the 12-year battle for choice and, in the process, distills crucial lessons for future educational freedom battles.

Handbook of Research on School Choice

Author: Mark Berends
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135593906
Format: PDF, Docs
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Since the early 1990s when the nation’s first charter school was opened in Minneapolis, the scope and availability of school-based options to parents has steadily expanded. No longer can public education be characterized as a monopoly. Sponsored by the National Center on School Choice (NCSC), this handbook makes readily available the most rigorous and policy-relevant research on K-12 school choice. Coverage includes charters, vouchers, home schooling, magnet schools, cyber schools, and other forms of choice, with the ultimate goal of defining the current state of this evolving field of research, policy, and practice. Key Features include: Comprehensive – this is the first book to provide a comprehensive review of what is known about the major forms of school choice from multiple perspectives: historical, political, economic, legal, methodological, and international. It also includes work on the governance, structure, process, effectiveness, and costs of school choice. Readable – the editors and authors have taken care to translate rigorous research findings into comprehensible prose accessible to a broad range of readers. International – in addition to thorough coverage of domestic research, the volume also draws on international and comparative studies of choice in foreign countries. Expertise – the National Center on School Choice (NCSC) is a consortium that is headquartered at Vanderbilt University and includes the following partners: Brookings Institution, Brown University, Harvard University, National Bureau of Economic Research, Northwest Evaluation Association, and Stanford University. This book is suitable for researchers, faculty and graduate students in education policy studies, politics of education, and social foundations of education. It should also be of interest to inservice administrators and policy makers.

You Decide

Author: Edward R. Drachman
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742538054
Format: PDF, Docs
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The book is a unique and innovative assembly of 14 originally written cases on controversial topics in American government and politics. It is intended to engage students in active learning through discussion, debate and participation in the introductory American Government course.

Lessons from the Heartland

Author: Barbara Miner
Publisher: The New Press
ISBN: 1595588647
Format: PDF, ePub
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In a magisterial work of narrative nonfiction that weaves together the racially fraught history of public education in Milwaukee and the broader story of hypersegregation in the rust belt, Lessons from the Heartland tells of an iconic city’s fall from grace—and of its chance for redemption in the twenty-first century. A symbol of middle American working-class values and pride, Wisconsin—and in particular urban Milwaukee—has been at the forefront of a half-century of public education experiments, from desegregation and “school choice,” to vouchers and charter schools. Picking up where J. Anthony Lukas’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Common Ground left off, Lessons from the Heartland offers a sweeping narrative portrait of an All-American city at the epicenter of American public education reform, and an exploration of larger issues of race and class in our democracy. Miner (whose daughters went through the Milwaukee public school system and who is a former Milwaukee Journal reporter) brings a journalist’s eye and a parent’s heart to exploring the intricate ways that jobs, housing, and schools intersect, underscoring the intrinsic link between the future of public schools and the dreams and hopes of democracy in a multicultural society. This book will change the way we think about the possibility and promise of American public education.

Clashing Views on Social Issues

Author: Kurt Finsterbusch
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin
ISBN: 9780073397160
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Presents a variety of debates on such social issues as immigration, the family, same-sex marriage, economic inequality, welfare reform, education, crime, and feminism.

Encyclopedia of American Civil Rights and Liberties S Z

Author: Otis H. Stephens
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780313327612
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This encyclopedia of over 600 entries covers the full range of civil rights and liberties in America, from the antecedents of the Bill of Rights through the most recent controversies over political and social issues, including abortion, free speech, religious liberty, voting rights, and the guarantees of equality.