ERIC Number: ED560662
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Sector Switchers: Why Catholic Schools Convert to Charters and What Happens Next
McShane, Michael Q.; Kelly, Andrew P.
Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice
For decades, Catholic schools, particularly inner-city Catholic schools, have seen declines in enrollment and an increasing need for subsidies from their dioceses. Many dioceses, however, have been unable to shoulder that burden, forcing schools to close. In response to difficult financial circumstances, the archdioceses of Indianapolis, Miami, and Washington, D.C., put a new twist on the typical story, "closing" a set of their inner-city schools, but allowing them to reopen as independently managed public charter schools. That phenomenon raises interesting questions about the future of urban Catholic schooling. In this paper, the authors examine, both qualitatively and quantitatively, the effect of this conversion on the schools and communities involved. Tracking enrollment information from before and after the conversion for both schools that switched as well as schools with similar demographics, the authors were able to conclude: (1) Switching from private to charter significantly increased enrollment in affected schools; and (2) Switching from private to charter meaningfully increased the percentage of minority students in the schools. Through interviews with key personnel in those school systems, the authors discovered several interesting implications from the decision to convert schools. The report concludes with the appendix: "Names and Dates of Interviews."
Descriptors: Catholic Schools, Charter Schools, Urban Schools, Organizational Change, School Closing, Mixed Methods Research, Enrollment, Minority Group Students, Racial Composition, Declining Enrollment, Competition, Institutional Survival, Decision Making, School Choice, Interviews, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia; Florida; Indiana