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ERIC Number: ED504526
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar-28
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
After One Year, Mixed Results from Push for Neighborhood Schools. Research Brief. Volume 90, Number 4
Public Policy Forum
One school year after implementation of the Neighborhood Schools Initiative (NS), more Milwaukee Public School (MPS) district schools enroll more neighborhood students, although the increase in neighborhood enrollment is not the result of capacity-building; fewer schools have the capacity to enroll all their neighborhood students than two years ago. Additionally, due to growing numbers of non-African American minorities, the predicted resegregation of the city's schools has not emerged. As expected from the first year of significant school reform, findings are mixed. While some measures show immediate changes, on other measures change is slower. Reported findings include: (1) Not counting students attending citywide specialty schools, 35% of MPS elementary students attend their neighborhood school, up from 31% in 1998-1999; (2) MPS elementary schools enrollments are, on average, made up of 42% neighborhood students, a 3 percentage point increase in two years; (3) MPS now has 20 elementary schools without defined neighborhood attendance areas, down from 24 in 1998-1999; (4) MPS has reduced the number of citywide specialty elementary schools that do not give preference in enrollment to neighborhood students from 24 to 12; (5) Only 37 schools have the capacity to enroll all their neighborhood students, down from 41 in 1998-1999; and (6) The number of racially-balanced elementary schools has increased since 1998-1999, from 21 to 23, due to larger non-African American minority enrollments.
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public Policy Forum
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin