ERIC Number: ED325906
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
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Helping Families Cope with School Choices.
Bainbridge, William L.
Most people understand the importance of school choice when it comes to higher educational opportunities, but until the 1990s, those very people did not understand the importance of school choice at the elementary and secondary level frequently because they felt they had no choice. The school choice movement, which started in Minnesota but which has begun to sweep across the nation, highlights both the importance and the availability of school choice. When combined with the large number of relocating corporate employees who have a choice regarding their place of residence and those that have a choice of private schools, the school choice issue becomes an important one for corporate human resource professionals. The results of thousands of parent responses to SchoolMatch family profile questionnaires indicate that parents do not necessarily look for "biggest" and "best" when given a chance to choose their children's schools. In fact, few parents want their children in the most academically rigorous school or the one with the highest test scores; instead, they want their children in an environment that allows each child to excel. The questionnaire results show that parents prefer school systems in which teacher salaries are competitive but not necessarily among the highest. Further, family-oriented communities appear to be important to parents. (KM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Work and Family Conference of the Bureau of National Affairs (Washington, DC, October 18, 1990).