ERIC Number: ED231032
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Regional Study of Attitudes toward Public Schools, Private Schools and Tuition Tax Credits.
Walker, John H.; Woodson, Marvin C., Jr.
A questionnaire survey of 982 people in 4 shopping malls in the Piedmont region of South Carolina sought to assess public attitudes about the quality of public and private schools, proposed federal tuition tax credit legislation, tax support for private schools, and outcomes should tuition tax credits be adopted. Respondents were asked to "grade" the schools in their community; data were also gathered on awareness of and attitudes toward tuition tax credits, attitudes toward public aid for private education, and social and demographic characteristics (including sex, age, race, religion, income, and political affiliation). Statistical analysis using frequencies, crosstabulations, and chi-squares yielded a number of findings. Among the results were that blacks expressed less confidence in private schools than whites, religious groups without private schools were more critical of public schools than religious groups with private schools, younger adults were more likely to support aid to private schools than were older adults, more males than females and more whites than blacks supported tuition tax credits, more respondents opposed such credits than favored them, and more whites than blacks believed such credits would increase private school enrollment. A copy of the questionnaire is appended. (RW)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid, Individual Characteristics, Political Attitudes, Private School Aid, Private Schools, Public Schools, Questionnaires, Racial Differences, Regional Attitudes, Religious Differences, School Attitudes, Sex Differences, Surveys, Tables (Data), Tax Credits, Tuition
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Clemson Univ., SC. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers: Regional Surveys; South Carolina (Piedmont)
Note: A two-page chart, "Summary of Statistical Data," may reproduce poorly due to small print of original document.