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ERIC Number: ED414151
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
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Competition and Quality: A Rural Study. Report to Task Force on Rural Education, College of Education, Winona State University, Winona, Minnesota.
Nasstrom, Roy
This paper examines the impact on small rural school districts of school choice programs available in Minnesota. An opening section traces the history of school choice in Minnesota since 1983, focusing on two programs enacted in 1990: enrollment options (EO), which allows students to attend any public school without cost, and postsecondary enrollment options (PSEO), which allows academically qualified 11th- and 12th-graders to enroll full- or part-time in state public or private postsecondary institutions. In both programs, state aid follows the student to the institution selected. Program impact was investigated in 17 contiguous small rural districts in southern Minnesota. Data consisted of interviews with superintendents and principals, financial and enrollment figures, information from postsecondary institutions, and local newspaper articles. In 1990-91, the 17 districts had enrollments of 271-958 students. Student participation was not high in either plan. Under PSEO, 3.7 percent of eligible students participated, compared to 5 percent statewide. District participation ranged from 0 to 18 students and was related to proximity to a postsecondary institution. EO participation of districts involved 0-45 entering students and 0-45 departing students. Most administrators had doubts about choice programs but only four had a completely negative attitude. For districts losing students, the threat of school closure and consolidation was a great concern. Also discussed are parents' and students' apparent reasons for participation in the programs, interdistrict tensions due to competition and "advertising," and shifts in power relations between parents and professional educators. Contains 67 references. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota