Public Education For Public Schools

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The recent global economic crisis shined a spotlight on the role of government and the costs associated with providing public services. Public education is no exception to the increased interest in government costs and accountability. One of the greatest challenges in public-school systems is ensuring a fiscally responsible, high-quality, equal education for all students. The idea that a free and equal public education should be available to all students has been fundamental in our society for decades. Scholars of education such as Jefferson, Rousseau, Mann, and Dewey promoted systematic school reform with this in mind (Cubberly, 1922; Sobe, 2011). However, as governors and state legislatures look for ways to trim budgets, school districts from coast to coast are challenged to find ways to cut costs (Howley, Johnson, & Petrie, 2011). Pennsylvania is among the states currently looking at educational reforms during these tumultuous economic times, just as many school administrators face large budget deficits each year, threatening the notion of a free, equal public education for all. As part of the on-going debate over spending and accountability in education, school administrators and legislators need information related to how school reform efforts such as school consolidation, ever-increasing testing mandates, and public-school funding concerns affect students and their access to curricular and co-curricular offerings. Currently, literature shows that advanced
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