What is it about?

Determining the frequency of minority students parents' exercise of school choice in a community where these types of parents represent the majority.

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Why is it important?

National and international research have found that minority parents exercise choice of schools at rates lower than their majority counterparts. This finding suggests that parental choice programs such as charter schools, magnet programs, and open-enrollment may be one factor contributing to increased school segregation. The findings of this study suggests that when minoritized students exist in the majority, their parents exercise choice in a similar fashion to non-minority populations. California school students currently have no ethnic majority and this trend will be the norm nation-wide in future years.


The findings of this study were surprising, given prior research, suggesting that further research is needed to better understand the results.

W. Charles Weis III
California State University Channel Islands

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This page is a summary of: Hispanic, English Learner, and Low-Income Parental Magnet Middle School Choice in a Majority Hispanic California Community, Education and Urban Society, December 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0013124519895007.
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