Looking Worldwide: What Americans Can Learn from School Choice in Other Countries

May 27, 2004 8:00 AM to 3:45 PM EDT

1st floor/Wintergarden

Featuring David Salisbury, Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute; Charles Glenn, Professor of Education, Administration, Training, and Policy Studies, Boston University; and James Tooley, Professor of Education Policy, University of Newcastle, England

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Parents in many other countries enjoy more freedom of choice in education than Americans do. In Australia, France, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, and the Netherlands, parents can choose private, even religious, schools without incurring any financial penalty. School choice policies in those countries offer some surprising lessons for America. Although there is more choice, increased regulations in some countries have decreased the independence and autonomy of private schools.This conference will examine school choice policies around the world and seek to draw out critical lessons for the school choice movement in America. A select group of international scholars will examine to what degree school choice policies have increased government control or encouraged competitive, free, and thriving education markets.