Published Online: February 2, 2007

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Public School Choice Linked to Higher Parent Participation

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Parent participation in school activities—such as parent meetings, volunteering, and fundraising—is greater in public schools of choice than in other types of schools, a paper suggests.

Using data from the National Household Education Survey, Jack Buckley, a researcher at the National Center for Education Statistics, compared the level of parent involvement in four types of schools: assigned public, chosen public, nonreligious private, and religious private. Parent participation was the lowest at private religious schools.

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