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Welfare Reform on the Web (February 2003): Education - Overseas

EDUCATION POLICIES AS MEANS TO TACKLE INCOME DISPARITY: THE SINGAPORE CASE

P Mukhopadhaya

International Journal of Social Economics, vol. 29, 2002, p.946-955.

Policy makers in Singapore go to great lengths to ensure that educational opportunities are available to the poorer sections of society. Paper describes education policies such as provision of scholarships and bursaries aimed at improving the life chances of the poor. It shows how these in fact benefit high and middle income families.

LOCATIONAL DECISIONS OF CHARTER SCHOOLS: PROBING THE MARKET METAPHOR

J R Henig and J A MacDonald

Social Science Quarterly, vol. 83, 2002, p.962-980

Study examined the locational decisions of different types of charter schools in the District of Columbia. Found that they were more likely to locate in areas with high proportions of African-American and Hispanic residents than in the predominantly white neighbourhoods. They also avoided both poor and wealthy areas, preferring neighbourhoods with high home ownership and middle incomes. This is especially true of those operated by for-profit companies and those chartered by the elected rather than appointed chartering body. Charter schools also took political and practical considerations into account when deciding where to locate.

NEW ZEALAND OFFERS HEFTY BONUSES TO WIN BACK ITS TEACHERS FROM BRITISH SCHOOLS

R Garner

The Independent, December 10th 2002, p.3.

Teachers from New Zealand working in Britain will get a £1,600 cash bonus if they quit and return home to help sort out a teaching crisis. About 5,000 teachers from New Zealand have taken jobs in British schools over the past four years - mostly in inner-city areas.

THE ROLE OF MEN IN SEX EDUCATION FOR BOYS: THE NORTHERN EUROPEAN EXPERIENCE

V Vermeer and E Centerwall

WYM: Working with Young Men, vol.1, Sept. 2002, p.22-27.

Discusses the role and training of men who work in sex education for boys in the Netherlands and Scandinavia. It focuses on the importance of male role models for boys. Suggests subjects which male sex education should cover and draws out implications for UK policy.

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