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Education Reform Movement

NCJ Number
Youth Policy Volume: 10 Issue: 12 Dated: (December 1988) Pages: 49-52
S Spero
Date Published
4 pages
Among the many ideas for educational reform being explored nationwide, three hold particular promise for success.
The first is the education partnership which would engage all aspects and members of a community in educating children including parents, students, teachers, businesses, churches, and community-based organizations. Rather than hierarchical chains of command, the education partnership would utilize groups of people working together toward a common goal. Another type of education reform involves the use of vouchers. Parents or children would receive government vouchers for education, redeemable at the school of their choice. In this way, poor children can overcome the obstacle of cost in choosing their schools and would be able to compete more effectively for better education. Likewise, schools would be subjected to market forces and respond by improving services to be more competitive. The final movement is state-by-state reform. States are beginning to more clearly define their educational goals and objectives so that accountability systems can be developed. In addition, such reforms as teacher incentive programs, leadership and management programs, institutional and organizational changes, increased responsibility for funding, technological development, and parent involvement are being implemented.