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ERIC Number: EJ874900
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0042-0972
My So-Called Choice: The Trappings of School Choice for Non-Admits
Rosenbloom, Susan Rakosi
Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, v42 n1 p1-21 Mar 2010
Exploratory research investigates how students in a neighborhood high school navigate the complex school choice admissions process in New York City. Four years of in-depth, longitudinal interviews with thirty minority youth explores how their status as "non-admits" (students rejected from all schools) shapes their perceptions of peers and experiences in school. "Non-admits" feel duped into attending stigmatized neighborhood schools and believe their peers cannot be trusted. Analysis suggests school choice research and policy can be improved by: (1) considering students' participation in the decision-making process; (2) investigating students who only receive the "trappings of choice"; (3) integrating the social consequences of school choice into current policy discussions and; (4) analyzing how the quality of officially published information about schools influences decision-making.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York