ERIC Number: ED347166
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Public School Choice in New York State: A Report.
New York State School Boards Association, Albany.
Student and family choice among public schools in a district and between districts was studied via a survey of 404 public school districts in New York State. Responding districts represented 56% of all operating districts in the state. District enrollments ranged from 51 to 44,250 students. Of the 404 districts, 192 had multiple buildings with similar grade levels, and thus, could offer a choice to at least some of their students. A little over one-fifth of these 192 districts did offer some form of choice among schools. In New York, choice was typically found for urban elementary schools under a district plan or policy implemented in the last decade. Only 15% of suburban and rural schools offered choice among district schools. Choice was offered by all respondents from the major urban areas of: (1) Buffalo; (2) New York City; (3) Rochester; (4) Syracuse; and (5) Yonkers. Choice was implemented for several reasons, including: child care needs of families; equality of opportunity; and racial balance and desegregation. Choice between districts was allowed for 82% of the 383 districts responding to this portion of the survey, but overall, the number of students attending school outside their districts was small. Existing choices in public education in the state appeared to be largely a result of district flexibility in meeting community needs. Six graphs, the 25-item public school district survey, and a 29-item list of references are included. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State School Boards Association, Albany.
Identifiers: New York