ERIC Number: ED226096
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
A Survey of MCPS Withdrawals to Attend Private School.
Edwards, Sarah B.; Richardson, William M.
This report presents findings of a survey designed to examine why the parents of 1,927 children withdrew them from Montgomery County Maryland Public Schools in 1979-80 in order to enroll them in private schools. In the introductory section, the report provides background information and describes the survey (based on random telephone interviews with parents). The second section lists reasons frequently cited by parents for withdrawing or transferring their children from public to private schools: lack of discipline, overcrowding, nature of curriculum content, lack of religious values, problem of racial integration. Section three describes the racial composition of the transferred group, students' economic levels, and parental attitudes towards schools' handling of drug abuse, teaching and grading policies, school safety, student diversity, and education in general. A final discussion examines whether reasons for student withdrawal were related to policies of the Board of Education. Appended to the report are statistical results of the parent survey. (WAM)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD. Dept. of Educational Accountability.