ERIC Number: ED461162
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Private Scholarships: A Matter of Priority.
DeSchryver, David A.
As of August 1999, 79 private scholarships provide 57,000 children an opportunity to go to a school chosen by their parents. In low-income urban areas, access to quality educational opportunity is as critical as it is scarce. Urban public schools cost more but have higher dropout rates. Significant percentages of urban public teachers send their children to private schools. Various polls have found that a majority of parents would prefer school choice and/or vouchers. J. K. Rooney, chairman of the Golden Rule Insurance Company, first popularized the idea of privately funded educational choice with the formation of the Educational CHOICE Charitable Trust. The program pays one-half tuition, up to $800, to any elementary school child who wants to attend a private school, and operates on a first-come, first-served basis. To qualify, the child must fulfill the requirements of the federal free- or reduced-price lunch program. Other companies in other cities followed with similar programs. Study results indicate that private schools have higher standardized test scores, higher graduation rates, higher completion-of-college rates, and more parent involvement and satisfaction than do public schools. Testimonies of parents are shared. A list of private scholarship programs is offered, with addresses and phone numbers. (Contains 21 endnotes.) (RKJ)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Costs, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, Grants, Scholarships, School Choice
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Education Reform, Washington, DC.