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A Democratic Constitution for Public Education$
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Paul T. Hill and Ashley E. Jochim

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226200545

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226200712.001.0001

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What Governance Must Accomplish and Avoid

What Governance Must Accomplish and Avoid

(p.13) 2 What Governance Must Accomplish and Avoid
A Democratic Constitution for Public Education

Paul T. Hill

Ashley E. Jochim

University of Chicago Press

This chapter explains criteria for a governance system. Efficient means both effective and seeking the best possible use of all resources. Best use is only discoverable by experience, so efficiency requires openness to new ideas and evidence. Equitable means not allowing any group of children to be deprived of resources, and creating options for children stuck in unproductive schools; Transparent means that flows of funds is always visible and can be traced to individual students; Accountable means that every publicly funded school or program is assessed in terms of its short- and long-term benefits to students, less productive arrangements can be abandoned, the best schools are enlarged or reproduced, and entities with new ideas about instruction are able to compete on a living field against existing school providers. Democratic means that citizens choose and can ultimately replace the people who govern public education.

Keywords:   criteria, efficient, equitable, transparent, accountable, democratic, open to new ideas

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