ERIC Number: ED468569
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jul
Private Schools and "Latino Flight" from Black Schoolchildren. JCPR Working Paper.
Fairlie, Robert W.
Several recent studies provide evidence that the choice between private and public schooling among white students is influenced by the racial composition of the local student population. None of these studies, however, examine whether Latinos are also fleeing to private schools in response to black schoolchildren. This study explores the "Latino flight" hypothesis using data from the National Educational Longitudinal Study and a recently released confidential dataset from the National Center for Education Statistics. In probit regressions for the probability of attending private school among Latinos, the study finds a large, positive, and statistically significant coefficient on the black share of the school-age population. The coefficient estimates imply that a 10 percentage point increase in the black share increases the probability of private school attendance by 25.7 to 33.2 percent among Latino 8th graders and 35.2 to 52.2 percent among Latino 10th graders. These results provide evidence of "Latino flight" from public schools into private schools. An appendix presents means of selected variables. (Contains 34 references.) (Author/SM)
Descriptors: Black Students, Family Income, Hispanic American Students, Private Schools, Public Schools, Racial Attitudes, Racial Composition, Secondary Education
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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.