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ERIC Number: ED307680
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Pages: 43
Abstractor: N/A
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Residential Mobility and School Enrollment.
Maddaus, John
Executives on the move are not the only groups interested in incorporating school enrollment into their decisions about housing choices. This paper examines this question and three others involving (1) types of families considering school enrollment in making housing decisions; (2) the criteria entering into parents' decisions; and (3) the implications for public policy and educational practice. The paper uses data collected as part of a study of elementary school enrollment by families in Syracuse, New York. Since the study's primary goal was to understand parental perspectives concerning school choice, the research method was both qualitative and field-based. Indepth interviewing was selected as the most efficient data collection method. Five predominantly white neighborhoods, ranging from low income to upper-middle income, were selected, and 39 families were interviewed. Results show that parents with financial means can and frequently do consider school enrollment while making housing decisions, whereas families with very limited incomes are prevented by limited housing options from doing likewise. Furthermore, those who do consider schools act on a wide range of criteria. Finally, given the presence of tacit assumptions about schools and the relative difficulty of obtaining some kinds of school information, even relatively affluent families may base their decisions on incomplete or inaccurate information. Many white middle-income parents consider themselves unprejudiced, but perceive the presence of black and poor students as undesirable. One reason that parental choice of schools has been seldom implemented is that most affluent families have already exercised choice by means of their housing choices. Also, school desegregation advocates may fear "white flight." Included are 4 appendices (tables) and 16 references. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York (Syracuse)