Date of Award

Summer 1995

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Augenstein, John

Second Advisor

Ivanoff, John

Third Advisor

Martin, Thomas J.


Americans hold firmly to an ancient but timeless ideal--choice. To be an American means to have choices. Americans decide what houses to buy, spouses to marry, books to read, and churches to join. Yet, ironically, Americans are often powerless to make one decision with a profound and enduring effect--where to send their children to school. The educational winds appear to be shifting in favor of empowering parents to choose the educational setting appropriate for their children. A central dynamic of this empowerment is an understanding of educational reform, its implications, and its impact upon school choice as a restructuring strategy...



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