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This document presents findings of a study that identified patterns of use among a broad array of open-enrollment options available to elementary and secondary students in Minnesota. During the period 1985-91, the Minnesota legislature passed several pieces of new legislation designed to: (1) increase the educational choices available to students, and (2) place enrollment decisions directly in the hands of students and their parents. Data were obtained from Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) files. The study addressed six research questions on trends in district-level enrollments through Minnesota's school-choice options. Findings indicate that in both Minneapolis and St. Paul, within-district choice was the mechanism most frequently used by parents. Unlike the other nine choice options, use of open enrollment was more likely to occur in smaller districts, suburban and rural districts, and higher poverty districts. Use of the school-choice options by minority students was on the rise. Minority students in the Twin Cities primarily used open enrollment and private alternative programs. Nearly 95 percent of minority students who applied to use open enrollment in 1990-91 actually enrolled in a nonresident school district in 1991-92. One figure and eight tables are included. The appendix contains a statistical table. (LMI)

Descriptors: Access to Education, Demography, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Free Choice Transfer Programs, Minority Groups, Open Enrollment, Public Schools, Rural Population, School Choice, Urban Demography











Author: Colopy, Kelly W.; Tarr, Hope C.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=10342&id=ED376585







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