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ERIC Number: ED387469
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
School Choice: Education's Trickle Down Theory for Urban Students Attending Private Schools? Study II.
Kapel, David E.; And Others
This study investigated possible effects of school choice programs by surveying 200 private schools in large urban areas. The survey instrument requested information on school demography, possible effects of participation in a Choice program, costs, selection of students participating in Choice, and climate and parental involvement. Analysis of responses from 54 schools from all areas of the country indicated: that private schools could accommodate no more than 1.2 percent of total urban enrollments; that 70 percent of schools surveyed expected to expand their student population without Choice students; that only 56.6 percent of respondents expected to expand the availability of classrooms; that 10 schools stated they would participate in a Choice program whereas 4 stated they would not and 38 were not sure; that most respondents felt parents of Choice students should make up the difference between Choice funds and tuition costs; that schools would apply the same admission criteria for Choice students as for other students; that only 6 schools said they would not exclude any students; and that schools would expect parents of Choice students to be actively involved in the schools. The study concluded that private schools have limited space for students under a Choice program, would probably prefer full tuition students, and would probably reject special needs students. Results of this study are compared to a similar one surveying public school districts adjacent to or near large urban districts. A third study focusing on religious schools exclusively is planned. Tables detail the study's findings. (Contains 29 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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