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Shakeel, M. Danish; Henderson, Michael – Program on Education Policy and Governance, 2019
The role of political factors, specifically of public opinion, in the relatively low penetration of charter schools into rural America remains unclear. We use eight years of national survey data to demonstrate that rural residents express less support for charter schools than residents of other locales do. We attribute this gap to differences in…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, School Choice, Charter Schools, School Districts
Howell, William G.; Henderson, Michael – Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard University, 2010
Merit pay initiatives transparently alter the teaching profession and goings-on within classrooms, and thereby promise to stoke the self-interests of the two most prominent stakeholders in public education: teachers and parents. This memo summarizes the authors' ongoing efforts to empirically evaluate the extent to which public debates about merit…
Descriptors: Merit Pay, Public Education, Governance, Educational Policy
Henderson, Michael – Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard University, 2010
Does public information about school quality lead parents to sort their children out of schools with relatively poor performance? Use of this exit option in response to information about school quality has the potential to indirectly foster school responsiveness to quality concerns. To determine whether this information affects student exit, I use…
Descriptors: School Choice, Educational Improvement, Academic Achievement, Program Effectiveness
Chingos, Matthew M.; Henderson, Michael; West, Martin R. – Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard University, 2010
Conventional models of democratic accountability hinge on citizens' ability to evaluate government performance accurately, yet there is little evidence on the degree to which citizen perceptions of the quality of government services correspond to actual service quality. Using nationally representative survey data, we find that citizens'…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Academic Achievement, Accountability, Educational Policy
Henderson, Michael – Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard University, 2009
Does public information about school quality lead parents to sort their children out of schools with relatively poor performance? Use of this exit option in response to information about school quality has the potential to indirectly foster school responsiveness to quality concerns. To determine whether this information affects student exit, I…
Descriptors: School Effectiveness, Failure, Information Dissemination, School Choice