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STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RELEASES LATEST SCHOOL CHOICE DATA

 STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RELEASES LATEST SCHOOL CHOICE DATA
 BOSTON, Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- With tuition claims in from all 28 Massachusetts school districts that are participating in the choice program this year, the state Department of Education has released the following information:
 -- $4.3 million in tuition will be transferred. Seven cities and towns (Beverly, Brockton, Douglas, Gloucester, Hopkinton, Maynard and Pittsfield) will pay $2.2 million or 51 percent of the total. Nine districts (Acton, Acton-Boxborough, Avon, Berkshire Hills, Holliston, Lenox, Manchester, Milford and Uxbridge) will receive $3.6 million or 81 percent of the total.
 -- Tuition will be paid by 108 cities and towns, but 15 of them will also receive tuition.
 -- A total of 834 pupils are attending schools in receiving districts under the choice program. Last year:
 -- 41 percent of these students attended school in their home districts.
 -- 38 percent of these students were enrolled in the same choice district they are attending this year.
 -- 7 percent (57) of these students were not attending school. Three were studying at home and 54 were pre-schoolers.
 -- 10 percent of these students were enrolled in non-public schools.
 -- 2 percent attended public schools outside of Massachusetts.
 -- 2 percent attended public schools outside their home districts but not in this year's choice districts.
 -- Senior high school students make up 46 percent of the choice population; middle and junior high students make up 16 percent; elementary, 23 percent; and kindergarten, 8 percent.
 -- 93 percent of the choice students are white.
 -- 55 percent of the choice students are girls.
 -- Only two full-time special needs students (less than 1 percent) are participating in the choice program, and only 57 part-time special needs students (7 percent) are included.
 -- Only four occupational education students (less than 1 percent) have opted to take part in the choice program.
 The three biggest shifts in population and funding under the school choice program occur in Avon, which has received 114 students from Brockton and will get $933,563 in tuition for the transferring students; Manchester, which has received 70 students from Gloucester and will get $400,196, and Holliston, which has received 56 students from Hopkinton and will receive $232,591.
 The impact of school choice transfers on the racial composition of sending or receiving school districts under the school choice law in minimal. The number of minority students who opted to leave their previous public school districts and enroll in choice districts is so small -- only 26 students -- that it has had no significant effect on the racial composition of either the home districts or the receiving communities.
 The only exception is the town of Avon, whose minority student population has increased by 50 percent from last year's since receiving 16 minority choice students from nearby Brockton.
 The following districts are currently participating in the Massachusetts school choice program for school year 1991-92: Acton, Acton-Boxboro, Avon, Beverly, Berkshire Hills, Douglas, East Longmeadow, Groton-Dunstable, Hancock, Holliston, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Lanesborough, Lee, Lenox, Littleton, Manchester, Mendon-Upton, Milford, Northbridge, North Middlesex, Otis, Pathfinder, Quabbin, Southwick-Tolland, Uxbridge, West Boylston, and Westfield.
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 /CONTACT: Marie Fricker of Massachusetts Department of Education, 617-770-7312/ CO: Department of Education ST: Massachusetts IN: SU:


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