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ERIC Number: ED532706
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 44
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
The Greenfield School Revolution and School Choice. National Research
Forster, Greg; Woodworth, James L.
Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice
This study uses descriptive data from the U.S. Department of Education to examine the composition of the private school sector in localities with sizeable school choice programs. If existing school choice programs are attracting educational entrepreneurs and unlocking the potential of new school models, the authors should expect to see significant changes in the sector's composition. While the available data do not allow the authors to examine every aspect of schooling, the founding of new school models ought to produce visible changes in school types, school sizes, and other visible metrics. However, the data examined here provide little evidence that existing school choice programs are transforming the structure of private schools. In its current form, school choice does not appear to be having an impact that is sufficiently large enough to produce visible transformation of the private school sector. Existing choice programs transfer students from marginally less effective public schools to marginally more effective private schools, but they do not seem to drive more ambitious school reforms. It appears that universal choice programs are needed before an alliance between school choice and the greenfield school revolution can emerge. (Contains 9 figures, 9 tables, and 23 notes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice