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ERIC Number: ED085275
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Feb
Pages: 50
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Searching for Models of Community Influence in Schools: A Theoretical Model and a Study of Independent Schools.
Porter, David O.; Porter, Teddie Wood
In order to provide services in a manner that will keep the attention and confidence of their consumers, new efforts must be made and ways found to involve the public in the decisions and operations of individual public education institutions. Some ways in which public education may generate more involvement by individual consumers are examined here. Arguments behind moves to reform educational institutions are presented and preliminary findings of a study of private, non-religious schools are reported to indicate why middle class parents leave public school systems and remain in independent schools. The parameters of this choice are defined by differentiating between the actual processes for producing and allocating public services and ideal conditions of markets and bureaucracies. To understand the problem of more satisfactory delivery of educational services, three questions were asked of four non-religious, independent, nonpublic schools in the Washington D. C. area: 1) what caused parents to reach dissatisfaction with public schools? 2) how do these alternative schools satisfy them? 3) do these schools provide models to apply to public schools? Data revealed seven substantial reasons for leaving public schools and six factors of parent satisfaction with alternative schools. (Author/KSM)
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