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ERIC Number: ED555549
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Pages: 37
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Views from Private Schools: Attitudes about School Choice Programs in Three States
Kisida, Brian; Wolf, Patrick J.; Rhinesmith, Evan
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
As school choice programs expand in the United States, it is crucial to consider how the design of these programs shapes the supply and demand of parents' educational offerings. To better understand the school choice landscape from the viewpoint of current and would-be participants in choice programs, the authors administered an extensive survey in Spring 2014 to leaders of private schools in Florida, Indiana, and Louisiana. From Florida's relatively longstanding and lightly regulated tax-credit scholarship program to Indiana and Louisiana's younger and more heavily regulated state-funded voucher programs, these programs share some qualities while differing considerably on others. In total, 954 school leaders participated in the survey. The overall response rate was 29 percent, which is relatively high for a lengthy Internet survey. The survey reveals a number of important themes policymakers should consider when designing school choice programs: (1) School leaders identify the opportunity to serve more disadvantaged students as a primary reason for participation; (2) School leaders tend to be less satisfied with the academic preparation of choice students and the involvement of their parents compared to the nonchoice students and parents at leaders' schools; (3) In all three states, high rates of respondents reported that scholarship amounts are inadequate to cover the full cost to educate a child at their school; (4) Across these three states, school leaders' plans for future participation largely reflect current participation levels; (5) Leaders of participating schools identified a number of concerns they have as participants in their state's choice program; and (6) While leaders of nonparticipating schools cited a number of concerns that factored into their decision not to participate, concerns about possible future regulations were the most cited across all three states, followed by concerns about the effect of participation on schools' independence, character, or identity. Two appendices are included: (1) Survey-Collection Details and Characteristics of Respondents; and (2) Details of the State Scholarship Programs.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Identifiers - Location: Florida; Indiana; Louisiana