The Study of Choice: Looking at Parent Surveys and Putting Them into Perspective

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Rioual, Brigit M
School Choice; Choice; Schools; Interdistrict Choice; Voluntary Desegregation; Education
thesis / dissertation description
In the 1960s, interdistrict choice or ‘voluntary desegregation’ became popular in a few cities across the country. While it is not widespread, it is seen as more effective than other school choice options. My research focuses on parents’ perceptions of an interdistrict school choice program, Northeast Choice, which is located in a Northeastern city. Through analyzing surveys collected by Northeast Choice completed by the parents in the program, I examine how parents experience the actual program and the schools the children attend through the program. I find that the majority of the parents who responded have positive feedback and because of this, it can be interpreted that these parents are having good experiences with both the program and the schools. While interdistrict choice is not widespread, my findings are important because it shows that parents and students are benefiting from this program and that interdistrict choice should be an option in more cities across our country.