OK, one asks, what do the schools in
have to to with public school reform in LAUSD? Has 4LAKids been into Michael Moore's Kool Aid? The first and second response one offers is the inevitable: "READ THE BOOK". Times two. Canada
The first book is: THE WORLD IS FLAT. #1 Nonfiction paperback for a reason. Globalization is upon us, accept it. We need to educate our children for it. We must think outside the box. We must look outside our borders.
The second book is William Ouchi's MAKING SCHOOLS WORK, which argues that models of schools in
are as good as they get. 4LAKids likes Ouchi's thinking and the Edmonton model - which empowers principals, parents and school sites at the expense of school districts and central command and control -- by logical extension disempowering superintendents, bureaucrats, boards of education and (uh oh!) teacher's unions. Edmonton, Alberta
"Choice" is such a polarizing word for right and left; often preordaining which choice politician's and true believers would have you choose. I support a Woman's Right to Choose and also a parent's right to choose their children's school. I like open enrollment on principle and if LA had an adequate public transportation system like
I'd support open enrollment in LAUSD as they have in NYC. New York City
We don't, so I don’t. I don't want every parent in LA driving all over town dropping off their little darlings all over town …I've seen how you drive! 4LAKids is also not on board for public financing of private schools - including vouchers as proposed below - however enlightened - but after calling for all things to be on the table all things should be on the table.
After you read the article I suggest you read the comments on the link following - I'm not posting them here because they are continuing to grow and there's good stuff there. Much of it attacks Ouchi's Edmonton Model - not because it empowers principals but because it over depends on testing, testing, testing.
Good stuff/read on. - smf
PS1: Provincial (State) Governments are in charge of education policy and standards in
. Canada is in the Toronto , provinceof Ontario is in the Edmonton . Provincial Premiers function as executive and legislative leaders. provinceof Alberta
PS2: Politics IS genetic! 4LAKids simply can't let the fact that the conservative party chief is named 'John Tory' alone!
EXPAND EDUCATIONAL FREEDOM OF CHOICE FOR ALL PARENTS
Earlier this year, under the auspices of the Fraser Institute, former
Overall, Canadian students ranked sixth in reading, 13th in science and 10th in combined mathematics, with Canada ranking well above average in primary and secondary education spending per student.
What is most instructive, however, is the provincial breakdown. With respect to reading,
So what is the distinguishing feature of the
Accredited private schools receive subsidies worth about 60 per cent of the basic per-student grant available to public schools. Children with special educational needs who attend private schools receive the same funding as they would if they were attending public schools. Accredited independent schools also receive public funding for supervising the education of home-schooled students, while the parents of those children may receive public funding equal to about 15 per cent of what is spent to educate a child in the public system.
Has the provision of greater choice in education eroded the public system in
Charter schools have not gained a large foothold in
In the words of Harvard economist Caroline Hoxby: “It appears that public schools are induced to raise achievement when they are faced with competition. … This is not only good news for students; it should be welcome news to those who think that public schools have much good potential.”
Must the provision of greater freedom of choice in education lead to a plethora of offbeat educational cul-de-sacs operated by insular cultural or religious groups? Not if the province requires all educational institutions – public and private – to be accredited in accordance with clearly established educational standards and to be held publicly accountable for performance and results.
Can mixed educational systems such as
The educational debate in
The following recommendations address this larger issue. They are relevant to all provinces where the objective is to provide
- Fully embrace the principles of freedom of choice and accountability for results in K-12 education.
- Provide a voucher worth 50 per cent of the total per student cost of public education to parents opting for independent education.
- Support children with special needs, whose parents choose alternative education, by providing those parents with a voucher worth 75 per cent of the cost of their child's education in the public system.
- Compile and publish annual report cards on all K-12 schools, holding them publicly accountable for results and adherence to provincial standards.
Preston Manning, a senior fellow of the Fraser Institute, founded the Reform Party.