ERIC Number: ED422430
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep-17
Reference Count: N/A
A Comparison of Public and Private Education in the District of Columbia. F.Y.I., 148.
Shokraii, Nina H.; Olson, Christine L.; Youssef, Sarah
Two separate systems of education exist in the District of Columbia. In the private school system, students from all races and socioeconomic backgrounds are learning the basic skills and more, and are going on to college at high rates. In the public school system, the majority of students are consigned to deteriorating and dangerous schools in which they are not taught the skills they need to succeed in school, and academic achievement is poor. Only 53% of the students entering the District's public high schools in the ninth grade remained in the system to graduate 4 years later. Most either dropped out or left to attend other schools. In 1995, 17% of students in the District of Columbia attended private schools (including the Catholic schools). About as many black students as white attended the private schools citywide. The private schools, particularly the Catholic schools, report greater school safety, with far fewer episodes of violence. Only a little more than 50% of the public school budget goes to instruction, while the Catholic schools in the District allocate 62% of their budgets to instruction. (Contains 12 charts and 1 table.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia