ERIC Number: EJ1102650
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 69
Public School Choice and Racial Sorting: An Examination of Charter Schools in Indianapolis
Stein, Marc L.
American Journal of Education, v121 n4 p597-627 Aug 2015
There has been a long-standing concern among education researchers and policy makers that public school choice may lead to increased racial isolation. Improving on aggregate comparisons, I examine the sorting of students into charter schools by tracking individual students from their charter school of enrollment back to the school they were enrolled in immediately prior to the switch to a charter school, allowing for a direct comparison of school racial demographics between the two sectors. I find evidence that the process of charter school choice in Indianapolis leads to higher degrees of racial isolation and less diversity within schools than is present in the underlying process of student school transfers in the public school district from which a majority of these students came.
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Choice, Charter Schools, Racial Composition, Racial Factors, Student Diversity, School Desegregation, Parent Attitudes, Student Records, Standardized Tests, Racial Segregation, Minority Group Students, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 3; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Grade 5; Middle Schools; Grade 6; Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 8; Grade 9; High Schools; Grade 10
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana (Indianapolis)