Cover: A Study of Alternatives in American Education

A Study of Alternatives in American Education

Vol. IV, Family Choice in Schooling

Published 1978

by R. Gary Bridge, Julie Blackman


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The fourth volume in a series documenting a study of alternative schools in American education. Increasing family choice in schooling raises certain thorny issues. For instance, are parents competent to make intelligent choices among competing educational alternatives? What kinds of schools do parents pick when they have free choices? What factors influence their choices? Is segregation by sex, race, or social class exacerbated or attenuated by allowing parents to choose schools? What are the social implications of these individual decisions? The report considers these kinds of questions, using data collected in sample surveys of parents who were involved in the Alum Rock (San Jose, California) Elementary Education Voucher Demonstration. Two other sites provided some additional data: The Southeast Alternatives (SEA) project, an open enrollment plan in Minneapolis; and the Mamaroneck (New York) "schools within schools" system.

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