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Why Do Charter Schools Fail? - An Analysis of Charter School Survival in New Jersey

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  • Julia Schwenkenberg

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  • James VanderHoff

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The reasons for charter school failure may determine if charter school competition improves public education. We estimate survival regressions to assess the effects of various factors on the probability of school failure. We find that students’ test scores are the most important determinant of survival: a one standard deviation increase reduces the probability of failure by at least 72%. Higher expenditures on facilities and a longer waitlist result in smaller but significant reductions in the probability of failure. Factors like administrative and class room expenditures, total enrollment, and student demographics do not have significant effects on school survival.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Rutgers University, Newark in its series Working Papers Rutgers University, Newark with number 2013-002.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2013
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Handle: RePEc:run:wpaper:2013-002

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Keywords: Charter schools; Education policy; School choice; Charter school failure;

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  1. Jason Barr, 2007. "Charter School Performance in New Jersey," Working Papers Rutgers University, Newark 2007-006, Department of Economics, Rutgers University, Newark.
  2. Jim VanderHoff, 2007. "Parental Valuation of Charter Schools and Student Performance," Working Papers Rutgers University, Newark 2007-005, Department of Economics, Rutgers University, Newark.
  3. Scott A. Imberman, 2011. "Achievement and Behavior in Charter Schools: Drawing a More Complete Picture," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 93(2), pages 416-435, May.
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