A Study of Alternatives in American Education

Vol. IV, Family Choice in Schooling

by R. Gary Bridge, Julie Blackman


Download eBook for Free

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 8.1 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.


Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback203 pages $45.00 $36.00 20% Web Discount

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.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation Report series. The report was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 1993 that represented the principal publication documenting and transmitting RAND's major research findings and final research.

Permission is given to duplicate this electronic document for personal use only, as long as it is unaltered and complete. Copies may not be duplicated for commercial purposes. Unauthorized posting of RAND PDFs to a non-RAND Web site is prohibited. RAND PDFs are protected under copyright law. For information on reprint and linking permissions, please visit the RAND Permissions page.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.