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ERIC Number: ED574517
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Pages: 39
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 38
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
The Impact of the Louisiana Scholarship Program on Racial Segregation in Louisiana Schools. Louisiana Scholarship Program Evaluation Report #3. Technical Report
Egalite, Anna J.; Mills, Jonathan N.; Wolf, Patrick J.
School Choice Demonstration Project
The question of how school choice programs affect the racial stratification of schools is highly salient in the field of education policy. We use a student-level panel data set to analyze the impacts of the Louisiana Scholarship Program (LSP) on racial segregation in public and private schools. This targeted school voucher program provides funding for low-income, mostly minority students in the lowest-graded public schools to enroll in participating private schools. Our analysis indicates that the vast majority (82%) of LSP transfers have reduced racial segregation in the voucher students' former public schools. LSP transfers have marginally increased segregation in the participating private schools, however, where just 45% of transfers reduce racial segregation. In those school districts under federal desegregation orders, voucher transfers result in a large reduction in traditional public schools' racial segregation levels and have no discernible impact on private schools. The results of this analysis provide reliable empirical evidence that parental choice actually has aided desegregation efforts in Louisiana. Tables are appended. [For the other 3 technical reports: "The Effects of the Louisiana Scholarship Program on Student Achievement after Two Years. Louisiana Scholarship Program Evaluation Report #1. Technical Report," see ED574515; "Measures of Student Non-Cognitive Skills and Political Tolerance after Two Years of the Louisiana Scholarship Program. Louisiana Scholarship Program Evaluation Report #2. Technical Report," see ED574516; and "The Competitive Effects of the Louisiana Scholarship Program on Public School Performance. Louisiana Scholarship Program Evaluation Report #4. Technical Report," see ED574518.]
School Choice Demonstration Project. Department of Education Reform, University of Arkansas, 201 Graduate Education Building, Fayetteville, AR 72701. Tel: 479-575-3172; Fax: 479-575-3196; e-mail: edreform@uark.edu; Web site: http://www.uaedreform.org/school-choice-demonstration-project
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Smith Richardson Foundation
Authoring Institution: University of Arkansas, School Choice Demonstration Project (SCDP); Education Research Alliance for New Orleans (ERA)
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana (New Orleans)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Brown v Board of Education