ERIC Number: ED448215
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct-26
Reference Count: N/A
More than Grades: How Choice Boosts Parental Involvement and Benefits Children. Policy Analysis, No. 383.
A review of the research on school choice programs at city, state, and national levels indicates that choice schools support parents' involvement in their children's studies, encourage parents' participation in meaningful school activities, and engender greater satisfaction. Choice schools do so to a significantly greater degree than do traditional public schools. Parents of students in choice schools believe that the chosen school offers a greater measure of safety, discipline, and instructional quality than did their children's previous schools, and they are likely to reenroll their children in the choice program. Because the ultimate key to school reform is the parent, parents should become partners with educators to create the schools their children will need. State legislators should seek policies that return control of education to parents through mechanisms such as tax cuts and universal tuition tax credits. The adoption of such measures promises to increase parental involvement and bring other important benefits to children. (Contains 11 tables and 49 endnotes.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Satisfaction, School Choice, Urban Schools
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: Cato Inst., Washington, DC.