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ERIC Number: EJ856111
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1558-2159
Wisconsin Charter School Policy and Its Effect on Private School Enrollment
Gray, Nathan L.
Journal of School Choice, v3 n2 p163-181 2009
Proponents of school choice policies assume that such policies will create competition between schools for nearby students. This paper discusses the differences between choice and competition in education and why the existence of choice does not necessarily translate to competition. Vouchers and charter schools have been the twin pillars of school choice-based reform. Due to the limited number of voucher programs, charter schools provide a much better case for evaluating whether choice leads to competition. This paper suggests that evaluating private school enrollment impacts of charter school enrollment sheds light on the degree to which competition is present. A significant decrease in private enrollment in response to charter schools indicates more competition; whereas, an insignificant effect indicates choice that falls short of the necessary conditions of competition. The results of this study indicate Wisconsin charter schools do not disproportionately enroll students from private schools. (Contains 3 tables, 1 figure and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin