ERIC Number: ED464384
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Using Hirschman's Concept of Exit, Voice, and Loyalty To Understand Public Response to the Charter School Movement.
King, Dan L.; Taylor-King, Sheila
When consumers perceive a lessening in the value of any particular good or service provided by a free-market private enterprise, the likelihood of exit (that is, their choice of an alternative provider) is high. Parents of students enrolled in public schools, on the other hand, typically have not been able to choose an alternative service provider. In 1991 Minnesota became the first state to establish charter schools as an alternative means of funding and organizing the delivery of public education. During the 2-year period of 1999-2001, 23 new charter schools began operation in the state of New York. From these operating charter schools, five schools were selected for inclusion in this study. Of the 145 surveys distributed to the parents of approximately one-third of the enrolled students in each of the schools, 39 useful responses were obtained (27 percent). The survey instrument was designed to obtain information on: (1) factors that influenced the decision to enroll in the charter school; and (2) the type of relationship parents had with the students' previous schools. The statement, "Personnel at my child's previous public school were not sufficiently responsive to my concern as a parent" was judged to be first among the items that influenced the decision to transfer schools; it was most uniformly agreed to be a factor. Considering Hirschman's model of exit, voice, and loyalty, one can hypothesize that at least among this small sample of parents of charter-school students, the failure of the previously attended public school to attend to parents'"voice" became a significant issue for parents. (Includes a questionnaire.) (DFR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Finance Association (Albuquerque, NM, March 2001).