By Victoria Sherrow
Offers a sequence of arguments and counter-arguments of a few of the main contested present theories of schooling the U.S. at the present time.
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Accountability gives schools incentives to perform well and to improve instruction—a key to higher student achievement. In the process of learning materials for state tests, students also learn discipline, focus, and other effective study habits. With standards and assessments in place, teachers can follow a curriculum framework that covers important basics. Each state has developed curriculum frameworks for its schools High-Stakes Testing Improves Education through a consensus process in which groups of educators decided what was most important and how to make classroom instruction meaningful.
Brookings Institution, 2005, p. 4. Expanding School Choice Harms Education Support for school vouchers is low. Public support for school vouchers is less widespread than choice advocates contend. Since 1967, voters have rejected 23 ballot proposals designed to give tax monies to parochial and other private schools. 25 Voters have also rejected proposals for tuition tax credits, championed by the Reagan administration in the 1980s. Between 1981 and 1998, voters in District of Columbia, Oregon, and Colorado rejected tuition tax credits.
One cannot compare educational outcomes for private vs. public schools when private schools need not deal with a complex bureaucracy, open enrollment, teacher tenure, or laws that dictate how students can be suspended or expelled. Since choice programs put money into private schools, which are mostly religious, they also raise constitutional questions involving government support for religion. Furthermore, using 46 Expanding School Choice Harms Education taxpayer money for vouchers or other choice programs drains funds that can improve public schools.