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How satisfied are parents with schools? Education Next


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#1 TimZ

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Posted 15 December 2016 - 11:43 AM

Education Next conducted a survey.(educationnext.org)

 

80% of students attend traditional public schools.  10% private. 6% charters.  The rest mostly home school and not included.

 

They measured 8 areas of parent satisfaction (teacher quality, school discipline, achievement expectations, safety, character/values, location, diversity, and facilities).

 

In every area private schools came in first (lowest were diversity and facilities).

 

In every area, charters came in second (same lowest areas as private)

 

In every area, public ranked third (highest scores were location and facilities - lowest was discipline).

 

Are these perceptions accurate?  Not sure, but it is how parents feel.



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Posted 15 December 2016 - 12:28 PM

I have a theory.  Imagine three schools that are identical in every way including having students of identical skills and backgrounds.  The only difference is that one is private, one is a charter, and one is a traditional public.

 

I bet the private would have the best outcomes and the most satisfied parents, followed by the charter with the public coming in last.

 

Why?  Because the families exercised more choice and feel more direct ownership over the result. Publics, to compete, have to find ways to give parents that same sense of ownership.






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