In many states, the implementation of K-12 school choice programs (e.g., tax-credit scholarships and vouchers) is motivating a large number of parents to transfer their children from public to private schools.
What are the specific reasons that motivate parents to make this change?
A study conducted by the founder and General Counsel of Georgia Community Foundation, Inc., Jim Kelly, and a professor of economics and director of the Economics of Education Policy Center at Georgia College & State University, Ben Scafidi, indicates that the top five reasons why parents chose a private school for their children include:
- "better student discipline" (50.9%);
- "better learning environment" (50.8%);
- "smaller class sizes" (48.9%);
- "improved student safety" (46.8%); and,
- "more individual attention for my child" (39.3%).
None of the findings is surprising, The Motley Monk notes, as this study replicates a long history of research spanning several decades which identifies the motives behind parental decisions to send their children to private schools.
What is interesting about Kelley and Scafidi's study, The Motley Monk notes, is that only 10.2% of the parents identified higher standardized test scores as one of their top five reasons for sending their children to private schools.
Let the discussion begin...
To read the Kelly and Scafidi study, click on the following link:
"More Than Scores: An Analysis of Why and How Parents Choose Private Schools."