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Ladd, Helen F.; Singleton, John D. – Education Finance and Policy, 2020
A significant criticism of the charter school movement is that funding for charter schools diverts money away from traditional public schools. The magnitude of such adverse fiscal externalities depends in part on the nature of state and local funding policies. In this paper, we examine the fiscal effects of charter schools on both urban and…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Finance, School Districts, Urban Schools
Brehm, Margaret; Imberman, Scott A.; Naretta, Michael – Education Finance and Policy, 2017
Although prior research has found clear impacts of schools and school quality on property values, little is known about whether charter schools have similar effects. Using sale price data for residential properties in Los Angeles County from 2008 to 2011 we estimate the neighborhood level impact of charter schools on housing prices. Using an…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Real Estate, Housing, School Districts
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Steinberg, Matthew P.; Donaldson, Morgaen L. – Education Finance and Policy, 2016
In the past five years, teacher evaluation has become a preferred policy lever at the federal, state, and local levels. Revisions to teacher evaluation systems have made teachers individually accountable for student achievement to a greater extent than ever before. We describe and analyze the components, processes, and consequences embedded in new…
Descriptors: Accountability, Teacher Evaluation, Educational Policy, School Districts
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Strunk, Katharine O.; Marsh, Julie A.; Hashim, Ayesha K.; Bush-Mecenas, Susan; Weinstein, Tracey – Education Finance and Policy, 2016
We examine the Los Angeles Unified School District's Public School Choice Initiative (PSCI), which sought to turnaround the district's lowest-performing schools. We ask whether school turnaround impacted student outcomes, and what explains variations in outcomes across reform cohorts. We use a Comparative Interrupted Time Series approach using…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Educational Change, Outcomes of Education, School Districts
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Welsh, Richard O.; Duque, Matthew; McEachin, Andrew – Education Finance and Policy, 2016
In recent decades, school choice policies predicated on student mobility have gained prominence as urban districts address chronically low-performing schools. However, scholars have highlighted equity concerns related to choice policies. The case of post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans provides an opportunity to examine student mobility patterns in…
Descriptors: School Choice, Student Mobility, Educational Quality, Natural Disasters
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Welsch, David M.; Zimmer, David M. – Education Finance and Policy, 2015
This paper draws attention to a subtle, but concerning, empirical challenge common in panel data models that seek to estimate the relationship between student transfers and district academic performance. Specifically, if such models have a dynamic element, and if the estimator controls for unobserved traits by including district-level effects,…
Descriptors: Transfer Students, Academic Achievement, Feedback (Response), School Districts
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Protik, Ali; Glazerman, Steven; Bruch, Julie; Teh, Bing-ru – Education Finance and Policy, 2015
We examine behavioral responses to an incentive program that offers high-performing teachers in ten school districts across the country $20,000 to transfer into the district's hardest-to-staff schools. We discuss behavioral responses to the program on high-performing teachers' willingness to transfer (supply) and the effect of the transfer offer…
Descriptors: Teacher Transfer, Incentives, Disadvantaged Schools, Teacher Effectiveness
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Chingos, Matthew M.; Whitehurst, Grover J.; Gallaher, Michael R. – Education Finance and Policy, 2015
School districts are a focus of education reform efforts in the United States, but there is very little existing research about how important they are to student achievement. We fill this gap in the literature using 10 years of student-level, statewide data on fourth- and fifth-grade students in Florida and North Carolina. A variance decomposition…
Descriptors: School Districts, Academic Achievement, Grade 4, Grade 5
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Baker, Bruce D.; Libby, Ken; Wiley, Kathryn – Education Finance and Policy, 2015
This article explores whether two popular policy initiatives are compatible or conflicting strategies for enhancing educational equality in diverse large urban centers. These two initiatives are (1) charter school expansion and (2) improvement of resource equity across urban public school systems through policies often referred to as weighted…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Urban Areas, Urban Schools, Educational Resources
Chakrabarti, Rajashri; Livingston, Max; Roy, Joydeep – Education Finance and Policy, 2014
The Great Recession led to marked declines in state revenue. In this paper we investigate whether (and how) local school districts modified their funding and taxing decisions in response to state aid declines in the post-recession period. Our results reveal school districts responded to state aid cuts in the post-recession period by countering…
Descriptors: State Aid, Educational Finance, School Districts, Financial Support
Nelson, Ashlyn Aiko; Gazley, Beth – Education Finance and Policy, 2014
This paper examines voluntary contributions to public education via charitable school foundations, booster clubs, parent teacher associations, and parent teacher organizations. We use panel data on school-supporting charities with national coverage from 1995 to 2010, which we geocode and match to school districts. We document the meteoric rise of…
Descriptors: Nonprofit Organizations, Public Education, Donors, Financial Support
Downes, Tom; Killeen, Kieran M. – Education Finance and Policy, 2014
We examine changes in the use of nontax revenues for education finance from 1991 to 2010. Beyond the summary of usage over time, we ask whether nontraditional revenues like fees accentuate or mitigate the impact of downturns. More generally, we examine the extent to which school districts have responded to fiscal pressures by turning to nontax…
Descriptors: Public Education, Educational Finance, Taxes, Educational Equity (Finance)
Zabel, Jeffrey – Education Finance and Policy, 2014
I investigate a possible unintended consequence of Proposition 2½ override behavior--that it led to increased segregation in school districts in Massachusetts. This can occur because richer, low-minority towns tend to have more successful override votes that attract similar households with relatively high demands for public services who can afford…
Descriptors: State Legislation, Educational Finance, School Districts, Enrollment Trends
Eom, Tae Ho; Duncombe, William; Nguyen-Hoang, Phuong; Yinger, John – Education Finance and Policy, 2014
New York's School Tax Relief Program, STAR, provides state-funded property tax relief for homeowners. Like a matching grant, STAR changes the price of education, thereby altering the incentives of voters and school officials and leading to unintended consequences. Using data for New York State school districts before and after STAR was…
Descriptors: Taxes, State Aid, Housing, Ownership
Nguyen-Hoang, Phuong – Education Finance and Policy, 2014
This is the first study to directly examine the relationship between tax increment financing (TIF) and education expenditures, using the state of Iowa as a case study. I find that greater use of TIF is associated with reduced education expenditures. I also find little evidence to support the commonly held proposition that school spending increases…
Descriptors: Taxes, Educational Finance, Income, School Districts
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