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L. Snyder, Allyson; Tong, Xin; Lillard, Angeline S. – Journal of School Choice, 2022
Although Montessori is the most common unconventional education model, no multi-state study has compared standardized test proficiency of Montessori schools with districts. Here we report on this for the 10 states/regions with the most public Montessori schools (n = 195). In 3rd grade, Montessori schools were less proficient in math but more…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Montessori Schools, Public Schools, Grade 3
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White, Jamison; Huang, Lifei – Journal of School Choice, 2022
We seek to build a framework with which researchers can track the trends in charter school specialization and parents can better understand their options. This report examines the entire charter school population operating in the 2018-19 school year and calculates the rate of specialization among charter schools based on key terms found on their…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Innovation, Models, Specialization
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Maranto, Robert; Shakeel, M. Danish – Journal of School Choice, 2022
In the prior article, White and Huangoffer the most developed work extant categorizing charter school foci, to encourage further research regarding charter school effectiveness. In this research note, we test whether "having" a focus affects school survival and growth. Recognizing Arizona as an early adapter of charter schooling, we…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Institutional Mission, School Expansion, School Closing
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Wong, Lauren N. – Journal of School Choice, 2022
Charter schools are one of the fastest-growing forms of school choice. However, concerns have been raised about the quality of special education provided to students with disabilities. Results of a systematic review of court filings involving charter schools and special education and/or students with disabilities reveal recurring themes pertaining…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Equal Education
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Childs, Joshua; Taylor, Zachary – Journal of School Choice, 2022
As open enrollment public charter school districts have continued to grow in Texas, researchers and policymakers have continued to question how these public charter school districts spend public taxpayer dollars. Although extensive research has addressed how public charter school districts spend money to recruit teachers, complete capital…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Expenditures, Public Schools, Comparative Analysis
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Farah, Abdiqani Y.; Bowen, Glenn A. – Journal of School Choice, 2022
Charter schools have emerged as the most prominent manifestation of educational reform in the United States. As an alternative to traditional public schools, charter schools have been the schools of choice for Somalis. Through in-depth interviews, this phenomenological study explored the experiences of a dozen Somali parents of children who…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Charter Schools, School Choice, Parent Attitudes
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Unger Madar, Michal; BenDavid-Hadar, Iris – Journal of School Choice, 2022
Homeschooling is on the rise in many Western countries, reflecting families' growing preference for teaching their children at home, in a family environment. This increasing trend has a social derivative, as learning at home may develop alternative competencies. The objective of this research is to examine the effectiveness of homeschooling by…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Home Schooling, Creative Thinking, Interpersonal Competence
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Flanders, Will – Journal of School Choice, 2021
Research has found that fall 2020 school district reopening decisions appear to be driven more by politics and teachers unions than by the local presence of COVID-19. But what are the implications of those decisions for enrollment trends? Using recently released enrollment data from the state of Wisconsin, this study goes further to show whether…
Descriptors: Enrollment Trends, Public Schools, School Choice, School Closing
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Scafidi, Benjamin; Tutterow, Roger; Kavanagh, Damian – Journal of School Choice, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic caused a severe economic recession in 2020. Historically, during economic recessions, there have been large declines in independent (private) school enrollments in the United States. Thus, it would be expected that the American independent school sector would have experienced significant enrollment declines between fall 2019…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Private Schools, Enrollment Trends
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Fahy, Colleen A. – Journal of School Choice, 2021
This study examines the supply-side decision to participate in interdistrict school choice by incorporating a district's own characteristics, those of its neighbors and a strategic component based on neighboring districts' decisions. A spatial Durbin probit model is applied to data from Massachusetts and estimates of direct, indirect, and total…
Descriptors: School Choice, School Districts, Participation, Institutional Characteristics
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Gao, Niu; Semykina, Anastasia – Journal of School Choice, 2021
Theory suggests that charter schools may affect neighboring traditional public schools either positively or negatively. Empirical findings are mixed, which may be due to variation in the policy context or estimation approach. Our contribution is in considering a new measure of charter penetration and comprehensive methodology. We combine the…
Descriptors: School Choice, Charter Schools, Public Schools, Private Schools
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Fleming, David J. – Journal of School Choice, 2021
Do market-based policies, like school vouchers, that provide an exit option enhance or diminish parental involvement? I examine this question using original survey data from parents participating in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, the nation's oldest urban voucher program. Voucher students were matched to a set of public school students…
Descriptors: School Choice, Educational Vouchers, School Districts, Parent Participation
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Hamlin, Daniel; Li, Angran – Journal of School Choice, 2021
Safety-seeking has fueled the growth of charter schools. Descriptive evidence suggests different possible factors underlying safety in charter schools. This study investigates characteristics mediating the relationship between safety and charter schools by linking five waves of the School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS: 2003-04; 2005-06;…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Safety, School Surveys, Crime
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DeAngelis, Corey A.; Burke, Lindsey M.; Wolf, Patrick J. – Journal of School Choice, 2021
Private school voucher programs provide government subsidies to eligible students for tuition and other education-related costs. Parents participating in choice programs benefit from a larger and more diverse supply of education providers. Private schools must choose whether or not to participate in a voucher program in their community. In…
Descriptors: Public Policy, Private Schools, Educational Vouchers, Participation
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Kingsbury, Ian; Maranto, Robert; Beck, Dennis – Journal of School Choice, 2021
Cyber charter schools may increase access to a range of educational offerings, but they substantially underperform traditional public schools on measured academic performance, as demonstrated in a range of studies with distinct samples and methods. Artificial testing conditions offer a possible explanation. In contrast to face-to-face students,…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Virtual Schools, Academic Achievement, Standardized Tests
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