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ERIC Number: ED501783
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 190
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Planning for Quality Schools: Meeting the Needs of District Families. Phase One: Understanding Current School Supply and Student Enrollment Patterns
Garrison, David; Allen, Marni; Turner, Margery; Comey, Jennifer; Williams, Barika; Guernsey, Elizabeth; Filardo, Mary; Huvendick, Nancy; Sung, Ping
21st Century School Fund
This report is the first phase of a three-part Quality Schools Project to help the District of Columbia create a firm analytical basis for planning for quality schools to meet the needs of the city's families. The Quality School Project is a joint effort of the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education, the 21st Century School Fund, the Brookings Institution, and the Urban Institute. While the city's overall population is growing, the number of school-age children living in the District is actually in decline. The availability of quality public schools, especially near housing that is appropriate for and affordable to families, will help determine how successful the city can be in attracting and retaining families with children. The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (the OSSE) commissioned this project to study the patterns of school supply and student demand in order to better understand the choices parents are making in choosing schools, the relationship between school choice and school quality, and between school choice and neighborhood development. The Quality Schools Project will explore policy changes that can improve the availability of and access to quality school options throughout the city. The Quality Schools Project is divided into three phases. This Phase One report provides a comprehensive profile of the supply of public primary and secondary educational schools in the District and of the students attending these schools in the 2006-07 school year. This report addresses questions such as: What types of public schools are available in the District and who is attending them? How do students get access to various types of public schools? Where are students attending school? Where do students live in relation to the schools they attend? The Phase One report looks at patterns of school supply and student enrollment across the full spectrum of public education options in the city: DC Public Schools (DCPS), public charter schools, and voucher-supported private schools. (Contains 12 tables, 18 figures, 62 footnotes, and 4 maps.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: 21st Century School Fund
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia