An Evaluation of the Basic Fund Scholarship Program in the San Francisco Bay Area, California

Paul Peterson, David E. Campbell and Martin R. West
Year of publication: 
PEPG 01-01

In 1998, the Bay Area Scholarships for Inner-city Children (BASIC) Fund was created to give low-income families scholarships to attend registered private schools in Marin, San Francisco, or San Mateo County. This evaluation presents the results of a survey of BASIC Fund scholarship parents and students who moved from public schools to private schools. Their responses to questions about their child's educational experiences are compared with the responses to similar questions of those who applied for a BASIC Fund scholarship but who for one reason or another remained in San Francisco public schools. The responses of BASIC Fund families are also compared with the responses given by a national sample of low-income families living in large central cities.