The December 2002 issue of School Reform News features an exclusive interview with reformer, scholar, educator, and public servant Chester E. “Checker” Finn Jr. of the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation.
“I believe that the standards and accountability strategy for education reform coexists and may even be co-dependent with the freedom and competition strategy,” says Finn. “An awful lot of people sign up for one or the other, and actually come to regard the other one as an enemy. I’ve come to believe that the two approaches need each other.”
The December issue also offers a comprehensive “Just the Facts” data table documenting the sources and uses of public education dollars by state. As Managing Editor George A. Clowes summarizes, total expenditures per student in U.S. K-12 public education and related programs were up 6.6 percent in the 1999-2000 school year as compared to 1998-99.
The issue also reports on a school choice conference held in Colorado and addresses such topics as teaching methods in successful high-poverty schools; charter schools; history teaching; and school district size.
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