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School Choice and the Question of AccountabilityThe Milwaukee Experience$
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Emily Van Dunk and Anneliese M. Dickman

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300099423

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300099423.001.0001

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What Parents Know

What Parents Know

An Examination of Informed Consumers

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(p.74) Chapter Four What Parents Know
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School Choice and the Question of Accountability
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Emily Van Dunk

Anneliese M. Dickman

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300099423.003.0004

This chapter examines whether parents are able to send a clear message to schools by the act of choosing a school. It discusses the existence of informed consumers, focusing on the level of knowledge parents have that influences their decision in choosing or leaving a school. The chapter examines the following educational options for parents in the Milwaukee area: both aspects of the interdistrict Chapter 220 program (that is, suburban students choosing city schools as well as city students choosing suburban schools); the intradistrict three-choice selection process within Milwaukee public schools; and traditional tuition-based private schooling.

Keywords:   informed consumers, educational options, Milwaukee, Chapter 220 program, suburban students, city schools, city students, private schoolling

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