ERIC Number: ED480198
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May
Reference Count: N/A
What Really Happened? Minnesota's Experience with Statewide Public School Choice Programs.
Boyd, William Lowe; Hare, Debra; Nathan, Joe
This report examines what has happened since 1985 with four statewide Minnesota public school choice laws. These include open enrollment, postsecondary enrollment options, second chance options, and charter public schools. Data collected over 2 years via interviews with and surveys of key stakeholders, including students at postsecondary institutions, indicated that the number of students participating in Minnesota's statewide public school choice options increased substantially from 1985 to 2001-2002. The greatest growth occurred in alternative schools serving students who were not succeeding in traditional secondary schools. While second chance programs served the most students, they were possibly the least examined of the options. Many stakeholders agreed that public school choice options were now widely accepted and generally had beneficial effects. Some schools and districts had changed, at least in part, due to the effects of choice programs. Participants in choice programs expressed great satisfaction. The report notes that several modifications are urgently needed, and if they are not made, state money will not be spent effectively and students will suffer. It recommends that Minnesota retain, strengthen, and improve choice options. Four appendices present stakeholder interview methodology, survey methodology, and summary tables for student surveys. (Contains 46 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Trends, Nontraditional Education, Open Enrollment, Postsecondary Education, Public Schools, School Choice, State Legislation, Urban Areas
Center for School Change, 234 Humphrey Center, 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Tel: 612-626-1834; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.centerforschoolchange.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Center for School Change.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota