ERIC Number: ED450206
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Trinnietta Gets a Chance: Six Families and Their School Choice Experience.
This book presents the stories of six low-income, ethnic minority parents who chose to use educational vouchers after coming to the conclusion that their children's public schools were not the right educational settings for them. The families live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Cleveland, Ohio, and San Antonio, Texas. The book conveys the sense of urgency felt by families who use vouchers. The six families live in cities where the public school graduation rates range from 32-56 percent. The book follows these parents' children through a variety of challenges and triumphs, watching them begin to experience academic success after years of failure. After focusing on the six families' stories, the book discusses: whether school choice works (parent satisfaction, test score gains, choosing by race, and choice as a catalyst for public school change); whether school choice is constitutional (conflicting precedents); and who chooses choice (family income, family status, mother's educational attainment, students' prior achievement scores). (SM)
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, High Risk Students, Parents, Poverty, Private Schools, Public Schools, School Choice, Urban Schools
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC.
Note: Foreword by Brother Bob Smith.