ERIC Number: ED355287
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Schools of Choice in the Detroit Metropolitan Area. Detroit Metropolitan Area Public Policy Surveys: 1991 Series. The First of Five DMAPPS Reports.
Strate, John M.; Wilson, Carter A.
Major arguments, both pro and con, for applying the "schools of choice" approach to educational improvement in Detroit (Michigan) are described, and the results of a recent public opinion survey are reported. The main argument of proponents of school choice is that it will improve the quality of public education. Opponents of choice do not believe that it is possible to establish efficient markets in public education. The 1991 Detroit Metropolitan Area Public Policy Survey (DMAPPS) is the second in an annual series of surveys of residents of the Detroit metropolitan area. School choice was one of the 5 policy issues explored in the 1,500 telephone interviews conducted during the 1991 survey. The following points are highlighted: (1) proponents expect choice to improve the quality of education; (2) opponents fear that choice will allow society to evade its responsibility for mass education; (3) support for school choice varies throughout the Detroit area; (4) the highest support is for within-district choice plans; (5) support is greater among city dwellers than suburban residents; (6) support is also greater among those who rate their schools lower; (7) blacks are more supportive of school choice than are whites; and (8) overall, 42 percent of parents would consider sending their children to another district. Six figures illustrate the discussion. An appendix contains the 10 DMAPPS school choice questions. (SLD)
Descriptors: Blacks, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Free Choice Transfer Programs, Parent Attitudes, Public Opinion, Public Schools, School Choice, School Districts, School Policy, School Restructuring, Surveys, Transfer Policy, Urban Schools, Whites
Center for Urban Studies, Faculty/Administration Building, 656 W. Kirby, Detroit, MI 48202.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wayne State Univ., Detroit, MI. Center for Urban Studies.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan