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ERIC Number: ED253958
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Work-Based Attendance: A New Approach to Expanding Parental Choice in Education.
Hoachlander, E. Gareth; Choy, Susan P.
This paper proposes a radical alternative to the current system of residence-based attendance: permit parents to send their children to schools near their workplaces, as a supplement to existing arrangements. This approach not only expands parental choice in education, but also helps to overcome other limitations inherent in residence-based school attendance. The first of the paper's three sections makes the following four points: (1) work-based attendance is responsive to significant changes in the structure of American family life; (2) it offers a new approach to achieving school integration; (3) it offers the potential for strengthening the connections between school and work; and (4) it responds to pressures for greater parental control over where children attend school. The second section discusses some of the major issues that would arise in developing work-based attendance plans: criteria for eligibility, legal issues, fiscal issues, child care, transportation, and employer involvement. The third section addresses the feasibility of such a plan and the potential role of the federal government in underwriting development costs, eliminating spending disparities, and sponsoring further research and evaluation. References are included. (TE)
Descriptors: Attendance, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Government School Relationship, Parent School Relationship, Proximity, Rezoning, School Business Relationship, School Choice, School Community Relationship, School Desegregation, School District Reorganization, School Location, School Zoning, Transfer Policy
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: MPR Associates, Berkeley, CA.