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October 19, 2004


The Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation provides a huge amount of information on vouchers as their major advocates. They also provide much backgound information on school choice, its research through online articles and links. Milton Friedman a Nobel Laureate economist and Rose Friedman, also an economist, are an unabashed supporters of "school choice to improve, through competition, the quality of K-12 education for all." This is a good source of background and current information on vouchers and examples of their implementation.


Posted by Wayne Jennings at 04:58 PM

Magnet Schools

A new publication from the US Department Of Education, Innovations in Education: Creating Successful Magnet School Programs, provides a valuable guide. It is downloadable with sections on how to start a magnet program, how to promote it, how to implement it and how to assess it. It includes forms, sample ads six examples of magnet programs , research and additional resources.


Posted by Wayne Jennings at 03:13 PM

October 11, 2004

Learning Alternatives: Waldorf and Montessori

Waldorf schools and Montessori schools are two long-standing well-regarded private school alternatives that increasingly are found in the public school sector at both elementary and secondary levels. An interesting article by a teacher who worked in both programs compares their practices. For more information, see the national Waldorf organization and the national Montessori organization. Great River School is an example of a Montessori high school. Watershed High School is an example of a Waldorf school.


Posted by Wayne Jennings at 09:12 PM

October 10, 2004

Schools as Centers of Community

The KnowledgeWorks Foundation announced the winners of its national search for schools that best exemplify schools as centers of community. Unlike traditional design competitions, the Foundation's national search placed a strong emphasis on community engagement, the design of the facility for community use, and community partnerships. The winning schools are featured on a new website that includes overviews of each school, photographs, site plans, and contact information.


Posted by Wayne Jennings at 01:13 AM

Can competition really improve schools?

An article in the Christian Science Monitor, "Can competition really improve schools" reviews the concept of choice of schools ranging from open enrollment to vouchers. It points out that people of means have always had a choice of schools by where they choose t0 live or the ability to purchase a private school education. There's no definitive research on the question of what choices provide the best education. Still, people like choices and are using them to a greater extent. This creates competition among systems and thereby tensions and disagreements.


Posted by Wayne Jennings at 01:03 AM