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Mandic, Sandra; Sandretto, Susan; Hopkins, Debbie; Wilson, Gordon; Moore, Antoni; García Bengoechea, Enrique – Journal of School Choice, 2018
New Zealand legislation removing school zones radically reshaped school choice, resulting in increased school stratification from parental choice frequently driven by social factors such as ethnic makeup of the school community. This article considers school choice through the eyes of 1,465 adolescents from 12 secondary schools in Dunedin (New…
Descriptors: School Choice, Decision Making, Student Attitudes, Parent Attitudes
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Jolly, Jennifer L.; Matthews, Michael S. – Journal of School Choice, 2018
Homeschooling only has become a choice for many families of gifted children during the last two decades, as the number of gifted families has grown steadily along with the general homeschool population (Lubienski, Puckett, & Brewer, 2013). The current study examines a group of homeschooling mothers of gifted children who publish and maintain…
Descriptors: Home Schooling, Academically Gifted, Mothers, Electronic Publishing
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McCluskey, Neal – Journal of School Choice, 2017
Since at least the enactment of No Child Left Behind in 2002, standardized test scores have served as the primary measures of public school effectiveness. Yet, such scores fail to measure the ultimate goal of education: maximizing happiness. This exploratory analysis assesses nation level associations between test scores and happiness, controlling…
Descriptors: Well Being, Scores, Psychological Patterns, Standardized Tests
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Kramer, Dennis A., II; Lane, Megan; Tanner, Melvin – Journal of School Choice, 2017
Despite the growing call for local autonomy and flexibility, few scholars have examined the role of school district-level flexibility on resource allocation and staffing patterns. Leveraging the charter system law within the State of Georgia, we utilize a generalized difference-in-differences approach to estimate the impact of flexibility of…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Districts, School Choice, Quasiexperimental Design
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Flanders, Will – Journal of School Choice, 2017
Charter schools are a relatively new phenomenon in American education. Since the first charter school opened in Minnesota in 1991, they have expanded to 42 states and represent 6.2% of all public schools in the country. This growth has been attributed to a number of factors, chief among them evidence that charter schools can improve performance…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Choice, Institutional Autonomy, School Districts
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Bonal, Xavier; Verger, Antoni; Zancajo, Adrián – Journal of School Choice, 2017
Although the literature on school choice rationalities is extensive, different authors interpret the processes of school choice for poor families in different ways. Positions vary between those that consider that poor families have the same capacity to choose as middle class families and those that value structural factors as constraints for…
Descriptors: School Choice, Poverty, Foreign Countries, Commercialization
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Cheng, Albert; Hitt, Collin; Kisida, Brian; Mills, Jonathan N. – Journal of School Choice, 2017
Many most well-known charter schools in the United States use a "No Excuses" approach. We conduct the first meta-analysis of the achievement impacts of No Excuses charter schools, focusing on experimental, lottery-based studies. We estimate that No Excuses charter schools increase student math and literacy achievement by 0.25 and 0.17,…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Meta Analysis, Academic Achievement, Mathematics Achievement
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Mohme, Gunnel – Journal of School Choice, 2017
This article analyzes choice strategies among a group of Somali Swedes at a Muslim-profiled compulsory school. In the Swedish debate these schools are alleged to be divisive, with values incompatible with the goals of Swedish schools. The study explores whether there are other reasons behind school choice than the school's faith profile,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, School Choice, Muslims, Academic Aspiration
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Finn, Chester E., Jr. – Journal of School Choice, 2017
The principal opportunities awaiting the Trump administration in K-12 education are only loosely related to the candidate's campaign comments about advancing school choice and reducing the federal Education Department. Recent passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act signals that Congress will be loath to re-open the major federal K-12 programs…
Descriptors: School Choice, Educational Policy, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation
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Finn, Chester E., Jr.; Manno, Bruno V.; Wright, Brandon L. – Journal of School Choice, 2017
This article probes ways in which the school-choice marketplace as it developed via chartering has not worked as well in practice as many had hoped. It includes reflection on the profoundly different operating principles and theories of action that separate the district and charter sectors in their pure forms. It also offers market-strengthening…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Choice, School Districts, Educational Change
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Saultz, Andrew; Fusarelli, Lance D. – Journal of School Choice, 2017
In this controversy piece, we portray online learning as growing too fast for existing regulatory structures to oversee and generally as having failed to live up to its potential. Operators, particularly for-profit operators, have generally not produced successful schools. We urge reforms of cyber schooling funding mechanisms, data systems, and…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Educational Administration
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Beck, Dennis; LaFrance, Jason – Journal of School Choice, 2017
In this paper, we discuss some concerns and recommendations of Saultz and Fusarelli (2017), offering nuanced and detailed views of online schooling from a different perspective. This includes addressing challenges regarding online learning such as fluctuating enrollments, financial concerns, quality assurance, and accountability. In addition, we…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Quality Assurance, Accountability, Online Courses
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Neuman, Ari; Guterman, Oz – Journal of School Choice, 2017
This article explores the meanings parents attribute to homeschooling. The literature reveals two main approaches to this subject: a view of homeschooling as a pedagogical practice and a holistic perspective. Employing qualitative methodologies, we administered in-depth interviews to 30 mothers who engaged in homeschooling in Israel, in order to…
Descriptors: Home Schooling, Qualitative Research, Interviews, Mothers
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Shin, Hyo Jeong; Fuller, Bruce; Dauter, Luke – Journal of School Choice, 2017
Disparate findings on whether students attending charter schools outperform peers in traditional public schools (TPS) may stem from mixing differing types of charters or inadequately accounting for pupil background. To gauge prior family selection and heterogeneous effects, we distinguish between conversion and start-up charter schools, along with…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Traditional Schools, Public Schools, Institutional Characteristics
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Dixon, Pauline; Humble, Steve – Journal of School Choice, 2017
This research set out to investigate how, in a post-conflict area, parental preferences and household characteristics affect school choice for their children. A multinomial logit is used to model the relationship between education preferences and the selection of schools for 954 households in Freetown and neighboring districts, Western Area,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, School Choice, Family Characteristics, Parent Attitudes
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