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    Evidence, Analysis, and Unanswered Questions

    Richard J. Murnane
    Public and Private Schools is an important document that increases our knowledge of contemporary American secondary school education. In particular, the document provides new information about private schools, which are attended by 10 percent of U.S. high school students. Given current policy discussions about public support for private education, we should learn as much as possible about these schools. The recent study by James Coleman, Thomas Hoffer, and Sally Kilgore contributes to this objective by providing significant information about the size and geographical distribution of different types of private schools, their curricula, and the demographic characteristics and skills of their students.

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    Winter 1981 Issue


    Report Analysis
    Public and Private Schools
    Marya R. Levenson, Dawn Geronimo Terkla
    Evidence, Analysis, and Unanswered Questions
    Richard J. Murnane
    The Issue Is Still Equality of Educational Opportunity
    Jomills Henry Braddock II
    Disciplined Inquiry or Policy Argument?
    Anthony S. Bryk
    Why Public and Private Schools Matter
    Chester E. Finn, Jr.
    Unasked Questions
    James W. Guthrie
    Policy Implications of the Public and Private School Debates
    Barbara L. Heyns
    Questions and Answers
    Our Response
    James Coleman, Thomas Hoffer, Sally Kilgore
    Reducing Student Alienation in High Schools
    Implications of Theory
    Fred M. Newmann
    The Allen School
    An Alternative Nineteenth-Century Education, 1818-1852
    Judith Strong Albert
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