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New Hampshire Charter Schools Parent Study 2011.

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This study was conducted in Spring 2011 with the purpose of better understanding the nature and experiences of New Hampshire charter school parents. Nine out of ten operating NH charter schools participated. Parents were invited to participate in an on-line survey and on-site focus group interviews. Results provide a profile of NH charter school parents as well-educated, with relatively high household income. Despite the close proximity of a neighborhood public school, charter school parents typically transport their children to their charter school. Philosophy, reputation, and dissatisfaction with prior school experience motivated parents to choose their charter school. Parents expressed satisfaction with the attention charter schools give to their child and dissatisfaction with the state charter school funding process. Overall, ninety six percent of the parents in this study rate their charter school experience as somewhat to very positive. Academics, overall school culture, meeting their child's needs, and the quality of teaching rank high on their areas of satisfaction. This study was designed to give a general picture of NH charter school parents. Thus, it does not identify results related to specific NH charter schools. A limitation of the study is that populations of certain schools may be under-represented in the results. Recommendations include NH charter schools developing mid-level administrative positions, informing parents about state-wide charter school issues through the local charter schools themselves, and harnessing untapped sources of constituents such as professional networks and business leaders. An appendix presents: 2011 NH Charter Schools Parent Survey Complete Results. (Contains 4 footnotes, 2 figures, 6 tables, and 4 charts.)

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Author:Julius, Tom
Publication:ERIC: Reports
Article Type:Abstract
Geographic Code:1U1NH
Date:Nov 22, 2011
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