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ERIC Number: EJ931647
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May-10
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-1068-2341
School's Strategic Responses to Competition in Segregated Urban Areas: Patterns in School Locations in Metropolitan Detroit
Gulosino, Charisse; Lubienski, Christopher
Education Policy Analysis Archives, v19 n13 May 2011
School choice is intended to leverage competition between schools to produce better educational opportunities for disadvantaged students. Yet we know very little about how competition impacts entire populations of schools of different types in distributing educational options across segregated social landscapes. We draw on theories from the literatures on institutional environment, organizational behavior, and positioning strategies to investigate how different types of schools (public, private, and charters) respond to market competition within Metropolitan Detroit's highly competitive and segregated environment. Mapping illustrates patterns of school types that have opened, relocated, and closed relative to socioeconomic and demographic neighborhood contexts. Our analysis explores the location incentive of high vacancy rate as proxy for affordable spaces suitable for new schools. Findings suggest that competitive incentives have similar effects on different types of organizations. (Contains 4 maps, 1 table, and 5 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan