ERIC Number: ED341150
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
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Attitudes toward School Choice in South Carolina.
Wilson, W. C.; And Others
School choice is the right of parents to decide where their children will attend school, regardless of residential school district boundaries. According to E. Marciniak (1989), the primary reason for advocating school choice was lack of progress in public school reform during the 1980s. The rationale for school choice is based on two assumptions: that all parents want the responsibility for educating their children; and that schools will increase efforts to achieve high standards. This research report defines school choice, examines its desired effects, and explores attitudes of parents, teachers, education professors, and superintendents toward public school choice. A survey instrument was field-tested and administered to representatives of these four groups. Results indicate inconsistencies in the groups' perceptions of school choice or its desirability as a reform. A major concern is that schools would become segregated along racial, economic, academic, or class lines and that an equal opportunity for education would not exist. Most opposition centers around the belief that if tax dollars follow the student to his or her school of choice, poor districts would become poorer while wealthy districts would become richer. Superintendents were most outspoken against choice, while 67 percent of parents favored choice. Four tables are appended. (12 references) (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: South Carolina
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration (Auburn, AL, November 10-12, 1991).