ERIC Number: ED359610
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Who Chooses and Why? Baseline Demographic Data Report. San Antonio School Choice Research Project.
North Texas Univ., Denton. Center for the Study of Education Reform.
This report describes the collection of baseline demographic data for a 3-year study of private and public school choice programs in San Antonio, Texas, for grades 1-8. The two choice programs involved are: (1) the privately funded Children's Education Opportunity Foundation (CEO) program providing partial scholarships to low-income children for use in private and out-of-district public schools; and (2) a districtwide multilingual public school choice program offered by the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD). The baseline data report encompasses both choosers and nonchoosers. Findings show that both programs primarily serve Hispanic families. Anglos are slightly overrepresented among CEO-choosing families. African-Americans are slightly overrepresented in the multilingual program. The CEO program primarily serves low-income families, while the SAISD multilingual program serves a wider income range. Choosing families are better educated and have higher incomes, fewer children, more female parents in the work force, and higher educational expectations for their children than nonchoosing families. Over half the choosing students are females; almost two-thirds of nonchoosing students are males. CEO parents selecting private sectarian schools are more involved in religious activities than either multilingual or nonchoosing parents. Both choosing and nonchoosing families highly value education, compared to other goals. Particpating CEO parents were satisfied with the scholarship amount. The discussion is accompanied by 32 tables and an executive summary. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Texas Univ., Denton. Center for the Study of Education Reform.