ERIC Number: ED426457
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Choice School Accountability: A Consensus of Views in Ohio and Wisconsin.
Van Dunk, Emily
In the cities of Cleveland, Ohio, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, more than 4,500 students are receiving public money in the form of scholarships and vouchers to attend private schools. The Milwaukee school choice program began in 1989, and the Cleveland scholarship program began in 1996. These school choice programs have spurred much debate, with proponents contending that the programs add opportunities for children and promise to improve education through competition, while opponents argue that diverting public money to private schools undercuts public education and promotes disparity. A study sought consensus on guidelines to hold private schools of choice accountable. A national panel of academic researchers was asked to design a research method and analyze the results. The method involved face-to-face interviews with 295 parents, teachers, administrators, and elected officials, along with 771 telephone surveys conducted with a randomly generated sample of taxpayers in Ohio and Wisconsin. The study found that an overwhelming majority of taxpayers in both Ohio and Wisconsin approve the concept of private school choice. Most favor extending the program statewide, allowing religious schools to participate and allowing all (not just low-income) families to participate. The vast majority of taxpayers believed each choice school should be required to make an array of information available to the public. Two appendixes include the interview questions, and the telephone survey questions. (SS)
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Interviews, Private Schools, Program Evaluation, Public Schools, Scholarships, School Choice, Surveys
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
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