ERIC Number: ED450208
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Is There "White Flight" into Private Schools? Evidence from the National Educational Longitudinal Survey. JCPR Working Paper.
Fairlie, Robert W.; Resch, Alexandra M.
This report investigates the issue of white flight into private schools by examining data from the National Educational Longitudinal Survey (NELS) and a dataset from the National Center for Educational Statistics. The NELS provides information on student and parental characteristics such as geographical location, religious affiliation, school characteristics, and racial attitudes. The study assesses whether whites are choosing to attend private schools in response to the presence of minority children in public schools, testing the hypothesis that whites are more likely to opt out of public schools when their local schools have larger concentrations of minorities, all else being equal. The study focuses on whether white flight is from all minorities or only from certain groups based on race or income. Data analysis indicates some evidence of white flight from public schools to private schools, partly in response to minority students. White families are fleeing from public schools with large concentrations of poor minority students. The clearest flight appears to be from poor black schoolchildren. The results for white flight from Asian and Hispanic students are less clear. There is some evidence that racism toward minority schoolchildren may contribute to white flight. (Contains 13 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Black Students, Diversity (Student), Elementary Secondary Education, Migration, Minority Groups, Poverty, Private Schools, Racial Attitudes, Racial Bias, Whites
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Joint Center for Poverty Research, IL.