ERIC Number: ED109742
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Open Enrollment: A Study in Revealed Preferences for Educational Outcomes in a Big City School System.
This paper examines consumer education choices over variables affecting the quality and the costs of differing educational outcomes. For ten years, the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has pursued a policy of open enrollment. Transfer figures for the 1974-75 school year at the city's 15 high schools are analyzed according to schoolwide racial data, street mile distances, percent of black students in each school, average class size, percent of teachers having M.A. degrees, and tenth-grade math scores. A separate regression was run for each school, with the percentage of students transferring as the dependent variable and the five selected characteristics of the other schools as independent variables. The following tentative conclusions emerge: (1) it is appropriate to conceive of a school system as a market; (2) families do take distance costs into account in making educational purchases, but less than they do benefits from such school attributes as student test scores; and (3) no strong support for racial prejudice controlling educational purchases of either race could be found. (Author/MLF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley.