K-12 Schools: The Effect of Public School Choices on Marine Families' Co-Location Decisions
Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States
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This thesis examines geographic bachelorhood among Marines assigned to various bases and the role of school quality on the decision to pursue geographic bachelorhood. In particular, it estimates the effect of having school-age children on the probability of geographic bachelorhood when Marines are assigned to Jacksonville, North Carolina Albany, Georgia Twentynine Palms, California and Hawaiiareas perceived as having under-performing K-12 schools. The thesis further analyzes the effects of having school-age children on whether Marines establish households within the school district boundaries of these locations. Employing logit regression analysis and using data from the Total Forces Data Warehouse, I find that Marines with school-age children exhibit higher odds of choosing to be geographic bachelors in all locations studied however, Marines with school-age children assigned to Albany exhibit the greatest odds of choosing geographic bachelorhood. These findings hold even controlling for demographic characteristics such as years of service and ethnicity. There is also variation in the likelihood of geographic bachelorhood by school agespecific factors having secondary school-age children is most highly associated with geographic bachelorhood relative to primary and middle schoolage children. I recommend conducting similar analyses with additional variables gathered through surveys, as well as within-state comparisons for each location and analyses that include other bases for comparison.
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