Title page for ETD etd-09262006-063544

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Cline, Terry Lee
Author's Email Address tcline@lenoir.k12.nc.us
URN etd-09262006-063544
Title An Evaluation of the School Choice Plan in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and its Perceived Effects on Academic Achievement for all Students
Degree Doctor of Education
Department Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Alexander, David Committee Co-Chair
Fortune, Jimmie C. Committee Co-Chair
Hairston, Joseph Committee Member
Salmon, Richard G. Committee Member
  • ethnicity
  • poverty
  • socio-economic status
  • Fourteenth Amendment
  • Jim Crow Law
  • segregation
  • school choice plan
  • free and reduced lunch
Date of Defense 2006-07-18
Availability unrestricted
Does ethnicity of the student prevent equal levels of learning at an equal pace? Are schools required to teach all children effectively, no matter what their socio-economic status, gender, or ethnicity? Educators and researchers have longed for the answers to these questions. For years, educators have been looking for ways to teach children in schools that are racially identifiable and have the highest percentages of children on free and reduced lunch. School districts that have choice as a way of assigning students are increasing the number of racially identifiable schools. In Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, a choice plan was implemented in June 2001. That plan created more schools of poverty within the district. The district also offered additional resources, teacher incentives, and financial assistance as a way to leverage the student make-up of the school district and the individual schools at all levels.
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