ERIC Number: ED432063
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Barriers, Benefits, and Costs of Using Private Schools To Alleviate Overcrowding in Public Schools. Final Report.
Muraskin, Lana; Stullich, Stephanie
This study examined the benefits and drawbacks of using private and parochial schools to alleviate overcrowding in public schools. The extent of overcrowding in urban school systems; the amount of excess capacity in private schools; and the willingness of private schools to participate in a transfer program are explored. Program design, administration, and cost issues are also examined. The study was based on data collection and analysis in 22 large urban areas with overcrowded public schools. Surveys were administered to both the school districts and the private schools in spring 1997. The survey focused on the methods being used to address overcrowding and district concerns about using private schools to alleviate this problem. The private-school survey (from a representative sample of private schools in the 22 urban areas) sought information on enrollment rates, tuition and fees, additional space availability, admissions policies, student characteristics and flows, policies on religious participation, and likely decision makers for participation. Findings indicate that overcrowding appears to be a serious problem in some urban school districts. Private schools were relatively plentiful in the 22 communities, and most private schools were willing to participate in a program if they could maintain their current policies. (RJM)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Planning and Evaluation Service.
Authoring Institution: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.