ERIC Number: ED349647
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Should Governments Finance Student Attendance in Private Schools?: A Research Opportunity.
The research needs for a cross-national study of public versus private school choice in Maine and Atlantic Canada are described in this paper. In the United States, the use of public funds to support private schools has historically been constrained by the separation of church and state doctrine and by the ideology of the public school as a common school. Recently, some educators have argued that using public funds to pay tuition for private school students will improve student outcomes. The town-tuitioning practices of Maine and Vermont, in which towns pay tuition for resident students to attend schools not directly managed by those towns, are described. Current enrollment patterns are also identified. A recommendation is made to conduct further studies that compare other market-oriented school systems, such as Canada's. Preliminary findings of a study being conducted at the University of Maine are inconclusive regarding the relationship between higher test scores and increased enrollment. Five figures and a map of town-tuitioning clusters in Maine are included. (Contains 34 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper prepared for the Annual Meeting of the Conference of Atlantic Educators (Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, November 1-2, 1991).