ERIC Number: ED442921
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-28
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Steady Habits: Connecticut's Response to Sheff v. O'Neill.
McDermott, Kathryn A.
This study analyzed data from year 1 of Project Choice, Connecticut's response to Sheff v. O'Neill, a 1989 school desegregation lawsuit. Project Choice is an interdistrict transfer program modeled on a program that began in Hartford in 1966. It allows suburban children to attend urban schools. For each child participating, the district where the child enrolls receives a $2,000 grant. Bonus funding goes to schools and districts with large numbers of such students. Researchers analyzed quantitative and qualitative data on Project Choice and on the expansion of interdistrict magnets. The study included enrollment data and interviews with people involved in implementing Project Choice and the interdistrict magnet program. Results describe: effects of school choice on urban and suburban enrollments; non-enrollment effects of open choice; effects of interdistrict magnet schools; overall interdistrict enrollment in Connecticut; and project limitations, which include logistics, funding, local commitment, and the broader legal climate. The paper examines Connecticut's programs as a test of interdistrict school choice, highlighting participants in school choice, racial patterns in urban-to-suburban transfers, and worries over skimming the most academically talented students from urban schools. It concludes by discussing the ends and means of educational policy. (Contains 34 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Connecticut