School Choice: Supporters and Opponents

45 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2007

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David M. Brasington

University of Cincinnati - Department of Economics

Diane Hite

Auburn University - Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology

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Date Written: September 10, 2007

Abstract

We conduct a phone survey to examine the attitudes of Ohioans about school choice, which includes open enrollment programs, school vouchers, tuition tax credits, and charter schools. Previous studies examine more limited forms of choice and investigate fewer possible influences. We find the strongest opposition for school choice by people with graduate degrees and people who believe their assigned public school district is excellent. In fact, people's opinions about their public schools are stronger predictors of school choice support than are objective measures of school quality. We find people with children in private schools and people with associates degrees to be the strongest supporters. Males tend to oppose choice and blue collar workers support it. We find no role for age, the convenience of alternative schools, or the protection of house values in support for school choice.

Keywords: School Choice, School Vouchers, Open Enrollment, Charter Schools

JEL Classification: I20, I22, I28, D71, H40

Suggested Citation

Brasington, David M. and Hite, Diane, School Choice: Supporters and Opponents (September 10, 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1023183 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1023183

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