ERIC Number: ED352433
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program.
Mitchell, George A.
Wisconsin Policy Research Institute Report, v5 n5 Nov 1992
The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) provides tax support for children from low-income families to attend private schools. It is administered by the Wisconsin State Department of Public Instruction, although lack of administrative support for the program has been apparent. In addition, the Superintendent of Public Instruction has expressed his personal disapproval of the program, and an evaluation by an evaluator that the Superintendent selected has supported his views. Findings of this report are that the program has been generally successful, with high parent satisfaction, and increased enrollment from the first year (up by 81 percent). Early gains in reading scores, if sustained, are significant. There are significant limitations arising from the statutes that created the program, with limited opportunities for students meaning that, as structured, the program cannot fairly test the claim that choice can be an incentive for public school improvement. Seven tables present data about the program. Appendix A contains excerpts from the state statutes referring to the MPCP, and Appendix B is the text of the Superintendent's letter appointing an evaluation director. (SLD)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Low Income Groups, Minority Groups, Parent Participation, Private School Aid, Private Schools, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, School Choice, School Districts, State Programs, Tax Allocation, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Policy Research Inst., Milwaukee.