ERIC Number: ED441928
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Choice and Community: The Racial, Economic, and Religious Context of Parental Choice in Cleveland. A Buckeye Institute Policy Report.
Greene, Jay P.
The Cleveland Scholarship Program (CSP), Cleveland, Ohio, is one of the school choice options available to families in the city. This report provides a snapshot of the CSP at the start of the 1999-2000 school year. Despite the claims of critics, the CSP contributes to racial integration in the city by providing families with access to private schools that, on average, are better racially integrated than are the public schools of the Cleveland metropolitan area. Nearly one-fifth (19%) of the recipients of a voucher in Cleveland attend private schools that have a racial composition that resembles the average racial composition of the Cleveland area. Only 5.2% of public school students in the Cleveland are in comparably integrated schools. More than three-fifths (60.7%) of public school students in metropolitan Cleveland attend schools that are almost entirely white or almost entirely minority in their racial composition. Half the students in the CSP are in comparably segregated schools. The increased integration in private schools participating in the choice program is achieved without sacrificing the economic and religious heterogeneity of those schools. Of all students who attend a publicly financed school of choice in Cleveland, only 16.5% currently attend a religious school. The evidence on racial integration suggests that access to a choice program that includes religious schools makes a significant contribution to promoting racial integration in Cleveland schools. (Contains 14 endnotes.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Buckeye Inst. for Public Policy Solutions, Dayton, OH.