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School Choice

  • By: TerrenceO'C. Jones & Youngjoo Kim
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

The topic of school choice refers to programs that offer parents an opportunity to choose the school they believe is best for their children. This is a hotly debated topic in the field of curriculum studies that affects school performance and curriculum goals. Most public school districts assign children to schools in their residential area. Today, many school districts offer families with children in poor-performing schools the option to enroll their children in other education programs. School choice offers a number of alternatives to public school. There are magnet schools, charter schools, open enrollment programs, specialty schools, vouchers, tax credits, alternative schools, and homeschooling.

What lies behind the current school choice movement is a neoliberal view that favors small government and market control in education. ...

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