Understanding Market-Based School Reform
T he debate over the best way to refonn public education in the United States has changed dramatically since we first collaborated to address the topic in the late 1980s (Walberg, Bakalis, Bast, & Baer, 1988) and even since our most recent collaborations (Bast & Walberg, 1994; Bast, Walberg, & Genetski, 1996; Walberg & Bast, 1993). Refonn proposals considered radical then are now mainstream, whereas many ideas claimed to be best have faded from sight. The purpose of this chapter is to provide an understanding of market-based school refonn. This chapter is divided into four sections.