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ERIC Number: ED543580
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
How Do Principals Respond to Charter School Competition? Research Brief
Cannata, Marisa
National Center on School Choice, Vanderbilt University (NJ1)
The current study from the National Center on School Choice contributes to the research by exploring the factors that affect principals' perceptions of charter school competition and the extent to which their leadership behavior may change in response. Central research questions of the study were: (1) How do principals perceive the competition produced by charter schools, and how do their perceptions vary among private, magnet, and traditional public schools?; (2) What factors affect principals' perceptions of charter competition?; and (3) What is the relationship between charter competition and principals' leadership behavior? The study relied on a matched convenience sample of schools and their principals. The final sample comprised 101 traditional public schools, 22 magnet schools, and 15 private schools. Key findings include: (1) Principals perceived little competition from charter schools affecting either their financial resources or their recruitment of teachers and students; (2) When a school has more charter schools in close proximity, principals perceived a more negative effect of charter schools on their ability to attract and retain teachers and students; and (3) Principals' perception of charter school competition was not related to the ways they spend their time. (Contains 2 footnotes.) [This brief summarizes a chapter in Berends, M., Cannata, M., & Goldring, E. B. (Eds.). (2011). "School choice and school improvement." Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.]
National Center on School Choice, Vanderbilt University. Box 459 GPC, 230 Appleton Place, Nashville, TN 37203. Tel: 615-322-8107; Fax: 615-322-8828; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: Vanderbilt University, National Center on School Choice