Date of Award

Spring 1998

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)




Setting the public education reform agenda in the United States has become a critical issue to Americans. The nation's ability to maintain its position at the pinnacle of the industrialized world is predicated on the success of the country's educational systems. The debate over reform initiatives has, in some instances, torn at the very fabric of principles upon which America was founded. There are those who equate true education reform with a new parental choice paradigm creating an open marketplace for parents to freely choose schools for their children, while others contend that such voucher programs are a facade for destruction of the "common school". Americans agree that the public education system in the United States is in a state of crisis. The conundrum is how to fix it...



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