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ERIC Number: ED424653
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 28
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Participation as Parental Choice: Can the Marketplace Create More Democratic Institutions?
Parker, Laurence; Margonis, Frank
Recent evidence suggests that low-income, inner-city parents favor school choice. African-American and Latino parents' preferences regarding choice were analyzed. Inner-city parents' school choices occur within a context constrained by Anglo and middle-class strategies of containment. The paper examines minority dissatisfaction with the public schools and the push for private school choice and details the environment in which these parents must choose a school and the factors that shaped this context, such as suburban parents' ability to spend more than what city parents can spend per pupil. Innercity parents' concerns over their children's schools arose from criticism of the local public school and long-term social and economic trends of the city. Choice proposals, segregationist strategies, and community schools are discussed, including the notion that Anglo-choice advocates' hope that choice will preempt increased expenditures on urban schools--preventing a redistribution of tax monies from suburbs to the inner city. The paper concludes that racial conflict over educational policy means that many minority students will not be placed in neighborhood schools of choice, leaving the vast majority of urban students in underfunded public schools. (Contains 40 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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