ERIC Number: ED353686
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Minnesota's Open Enrollment Option.
Rubenstein, Michael C.; And Others
This document examines the implementation and early effects of Minnesota's open-enrollment option, which allows families to apply to enroll their children in a public school in any nonresident school district in the state. During 1989-90, surveys were mailed to 2,663 participating families, 1,966 secondary school students, and all 432 district superintendents. Usable responses were received from 1,377 families, 645 students, and 338 superintendents. Findings indicate that very few of the participating districts reported significant changes in their enrollments. Also, the information dissemination strategies used most often by districts were not the most effective means of reaching minority families. Parents identified the school's academic reputation as the most important reason for using the open-enrollment option. However, minority parents also considered the availability of child care and extracurricular activities, while low-income families were concerned with school proximity. Overall, the initial impacts appear to be modest, but in a positive direction. Other trends include a slight migration of families from urban to suburban districts and from lower-income to higher-income districts, and ambiguities that exist between regulations for federal categorical programs and state interdistrict choice programs. Ten figures, 14 tables, and an executive summary are included. Appendices contain a description of the study methodology and copies of the surveys. (Contains 12 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Policy and Planning (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Policy Studies Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota