ERIC Number: ED315495
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-May
Reference Count: N/A
Dare To Choose: Parental Choice at Independent Neighborhood Schools.
Ratteray, Joan Davis; Shujaa, Mwalimu
This document offers a detailed description of the dynamics involved in the choice of an independent neighborhood school. These primarily urban schools are an expression of cultural power and identity among minority groups who wish to ensure access to opportunities for academic achievement for their children and also to control the content and context of their children's education. Information was analyzed from the following sources: (1) telephone interviews with 220 school administrators; (2) a survey of 211 schools; (3) a survey of a sample of parents of students from each school; and (4) interviews with 35 families selected from 10 different schools. The following major findings are reported: (1) 221 schools serve about 12,000 students, most of whom live in urban areas; (2) most are elementary schools, and enrollment averages between 100 and 149 students; (3) approximately one-half are religious; (4) most enroll more than 80 percent black students and their curricula stress affirmation of the racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds of their students; (5) schools are characterized by operational autonomy and dependence on tuition; (6) 87 percent of the students' families earn annual incomes of less than $49,000, 57 percent earn less than $30,000, and 24 percent earn less than $15,000; (7) most families live within three miles of the school; and (8) educational environment and quality of the educational program were most frequently cited reasons for choosing the school, but cultural and religious affiliation and low tuition were also cited. Statistical data are included on five graphs and 15 tables. The following materials are appended: (1) the school data form and suggestions for telephone surveyors; (2) the school survey questionnaire; (3) a letter to schools soliciting cooperation; (4) the parent survey questionnaire; and (5) the parent, administrator, teacher, and student interview questions. (FMW)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Black Education, Cultural Context, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Income, Institutional Characteristics, Minority Groups, Neighborhood Schools, Private Schools, Questionnaires, School Choice, Urban Education
Institute for Independent Education, 1313 North Capitol Street, NE, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20002.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Policymakers
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Institute for Independent Education, Inc., Washington, DC.
Note: For executive summary, see UD 027 276.