ERIC Number: ED477791
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
What Parents Think of New York's Charter Schools. Civic Report.
McCully, Duncan J.; Malin, Patricia J.
This study polled 300 parents of New York charter school students to gauge the degree of parental satisfaction with charter schools. Data from telephone interviews indicated that parents were extremely satisfied with the work of their charter schools in almost every aspect of schooling. Their assessments were particularly striking when asked to compare the charter to the school their child attended prior to attending a charter school (usually a standard public school). About 42 percent of parents gave an overall grade of "A" to the charter school, compared to only 21 percent who gave an "A" to the prior school. Over half of the parents gave their charter schools an "A" for quality of instruction, and 28 percent gave them a "B." Nearly all of the parents were satisfied with school safety, parent-teacher relationships, amount and quality of homework, class size, academic quality, discipline, and communication from school personnel. Most parents re-enrolled their children in the same charter schools. More than 9 out of 10 parents said their children's charter schools had no problems with carrying guns on school property, gang activity, drug use, or destruction of school property. (SM)
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Environment, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Parent Attitudes, Participant Satisfaction, Public Education, School Choice, School Safety, Urban Schools
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, 52 Vanderbilt Avenue, New York, NY 10017. Web site: http://www.manhattan-institute.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Manhattan Inst., New York, NY. Center for Civic Innovation.
Identifiers - Location: New York