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The opinions of educators who would be affected by school-choice and voucher plans were studied in a survey of 144 teachers (84 percent female) from 6 elementary public schools in Chicago (Illinois). Survey questions were derived from an extensive review of the literature. Seventy-seven percent of teachers agreed with interdistrict choice, but only 41 percent agreed with statewide choice. Fifty-one percent thought that parents should not be able to choose from any school within the state. Sixty-five percent of these teachers thought that vouchers would not be a more equitable way of funding schools than the present equalization formulas. Teachers tended to think that some schools would receive large numbers of students and consequently more money, while others would receive few students and very little money. Forty-eight percent did not feel that vouchers would make schools more directly accountable to parents, and they did not think that vouchers would help improve schools. The majority also felt that using government funds for religious schools through vouchers is unconstitutional. One table presents a summary of survey findings. (Contains 14 references.) (SLD)

Descriptors: Access to Education, Accountability, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Equal Education, Free Choice Transfer Programs, Government Role, Literature Reviews, Parochial Schools, Private Schools, Public Schools, School Choice, School Restructuring, Teacher Attitudes, Urban Education

Autor: Lawrence, Tyrone V.; Ogletree, Earl

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=11283&id=ED367733

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