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ERIC Number: ED507827
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Food for Thought: Building a High-Quality School Choice Market
Dillon, Erin
Education Sector
Although the for-profit retail and nonprofit education markets are not identical, many of the strategies used by reformers to improve markets for banking and food services could nonetheless benefit public education. As district and community leaders, charter school authorizers, and policymakers expand the marketplace of schools, they would be well-served by learning from these innovations. Nearly 20 years after the first charter schools were founded, it has become increasingly clear that opening up markets to new providers is only the first step in dramatically improving the supply and demand for great public schools. This report looks beyond schools to other markets operating in low-income, urban neighborhoods for strategies to improve the supply of high-quality education options and the informed demand necessary to take advantage of those options. The report notes that as district and community leaders approach the prospect of an expanded marketplace of schools, they would be well-served by examining the experiences of industries already operating in inner-city communities and incorporating the following strategies for proactively developing a functioning market: (1) Map the quality of the education market, including both neighborhood needs and strengths, and update this information annually; (2) Establish a financing initiative to bring new schools and education providers to communities that need them; (3) Initiate a coordinated information campaign to build knowledge of school choice and available options and to help guide parents on the best sources of information about school quality; (4) Think outside of the schoolhouse; (5) Start small; and (6) Make sure the community is involved, at the school, local and/or district level. (Contains 2 figures and 48 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation
Authoring Institution: Education Sector
Identifiers - Location: California; District of Columbia; Illinois; New Jersey; Pennsylvania