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Increasing Choice In The Market For Schools: Recent Reforms And Their Effects On Student Achievement

  • Loeb, Susanna
  • Valant, Jon
  • Kasman, Matt
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    Increased parental school choice has become a popular education reform strategy, but evidence of its effectiveness in improving student achievement is mixed. In this paper, we examine the rationale for school choice, obstacles to fulfilling its theoretical promise, and results observed to date. We supplement our discussion with data from a survey of Milwaukee principals. Survey findings suggest that school leaders feel competitive pressures from certain types of schools but tend to respond by improving their marketing efforts rather than their educational programs.

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    Volume (Year): 64 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
    Pages: 141-63

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    Handle: RePEc:ntj:journl:v:64:y:2011:i:1:p:141-63
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    2. Imberman, Scott A., 2011. "The effect of charter schools on achievement and behavior of public school students," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 95(7-8), pages 850-863, August.
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    5. Jesse Rothstein, 2005. "Does Competition Among Public Schools Benefit Students and Taxpayers? A Comment on Hoxby (2000)," NBER Working Papers 11215, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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