How Can We Create a System of Schools Worth Choosing for All? (2018)

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How Can We Create a System of Schools Worth Choosing for All?

Authors: Peter W. Cookson, Jr., Linda Darling-Hammond, Robert Rothman, and Patrick M. Shields

Learning Policy Institute

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The central question for our public education system is not whether school options exist, but whether they are good ones that are available to all children. School choice is a means to an end and not an end itself. Simply creating options does not automatically result in greater access to better schools that improve student learning—that depends on how those options are designed and managed. In this report, we describe the many forms of public school choice currently available in the United States and examine evidence about equitable access, student outcomes, and diversity and inclusion. Based on that analysis, we present key lessons and recommendations to inform policies to create, manage, and lead systems of choice that provide all students with access to high-quality schools.


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