ERIC Number: ED441903
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The Impact of School Choice on Racial and Ethnic Enrollment in Milwaukee Private Schools. Current Education Issues. Revised.
Fuller, Howard L.; Mitchell, George A.
This paper compares racial and ethnic enrollment in Milwaukee private schools between 1994-95, when the legislature expanded the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP), and 1998-99, when the expansion was first implemented. While some predicted that more choice would worsen racial and ethnic segregation, researchers instead found that it contributed to a noticeable increase in racial and ethnic balance in private schools. Though the paper focuses on the impact of choice in private schools, it also presents comparative data on public school enrollment, suggesting that choice has had no major impact on overall racial and ethnic balance in the Milwaukee Public Schools. When the data are available for 1999-2000 and future years, it will be possible to assess the prediction that the voluntary school choice program will have a continuing positive impact on racial balance. An appendix presents raw data. (SM)
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Trends, Ethnic Groups, Private Schools, Public Schools, Racial Differences, Racial Relations, School Choice, State Legislation, Tables (Data)
Institute for the Transformation of Learning, Marquette University, Office of Research, 2025 North Summit Avenue, Suite 101, Milwaukee, WI 53202. Tel: 414-765-0691; Fax: 414-765-1271.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Marquette Univ., Milwaukee, WI. Institute for the Transformation of Learning.