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ERIC Number: EJ792446
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0268-0939
Parent Preferences and Parent Choices: The Public-Private Decision about School Choice
Goldring, Ellen B.; Phillips, Kristie J. R.
Journal of Education Policy, v23 n3 p209-230 May 2008
School choice survey data from the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, a large county-wide school district, is analysed to examine the characteristics of parents who consider choosing private schools for their children and those who do not. We examine differences in background, including race, educational attainment and socioeconomic status, as well as differences in parent satisfaction with their child's previous school, parent involvement in school, parents' priorities in school choice, as well as parents' social networks. After controlling for background characteristics, we find that parent satisfaction with their child's previous school was not a predictor of considering a private school. Rather, parent involvement seems to be a more important indicator of whether or not a parent would consider sending their child to a private school. In this case, parents are not "pushed" away from public schools, contrary to much public rhetoric that suggests private schools are somehow inherently "better" than public schools and parents who are dissatisfied with their public schools will opt for private schools. Instead, these findings suggest a "pull" towards private schools. Parents may perceive that parent involvement and parent communication are more easily facilitated and valued in private schools. (Contains 2 tables, 4 figures and 11 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Tennessee