School choice exists within the public education system in British Columbia. Our 1996 report, Public Choice, Public Schools , profiles 16 schools and programs in the province which support the diverse needs of students and communities.
The eighties and nineties have seen a resurgence of "free market" ideology and its application to all areas of public policy and social programs. In education, one example of this has been the promotion of charter schools. Privately run but publicly funded, these schools claim to offer the "consumer" of education more "product choice". But charter schools are the thin edge of the privatization wedge, as this report demonstrates.
A teacher looks inside Chicago charter schools is an interview with Michael Weissbluth who worked at two different charter schools in Chicago. Two part series. Published on the BCTF web site with permission from Substance News, Chicago.