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ERIC Number: ED398648
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Pages: 36
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Why Parents Choose Private Schooling: Implications for Public School Programs and Information Campaigns.
Crawford, John; Freeman, Sharon
During the last 2 years, private school growth in the Millard Public School District (Omaha, Nebraska) exceeded that of public schools. This paper presents findings of a study that examined why parents in the Millard Public School District enrolled their children in private schools. A survey sent to 1,107 parents of private school students elicited 384 returns. Religious instruction (293 responses) and strict discipline policies (n=145) topped the list of things that parents said they were seeking in private schools. Parents reported that they sent their children to private schools in order to avoid the lack of strict discipline, lack of parent-approved values, sex education, and certain aspects of curriculum and instruction in the public schools. Some categories of responses were significantly different across groups defined by grade-level of instruction and by Catholic versus non-Catholic school of choice. Five tables are included. Appendices contain a copy of the survey instrument, coding categories, and a review of empirical research on private-school choice. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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