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ERIC Number: ED601135
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 66
Abstractor: As Provided
Fertile Soil? How Information Does (and Does Not) Shape Attitudes toward School Choice in Rural America. Program on Education Policy and Governance Working Papers Series. PEPG 19-04
Shakeel, M. Danish; Henderson, Michael
Program on Education Policy and Governance
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 familiarity with charter schools across these locales rather than to differences in satisfaction with local schools or to differences in demographics, party affiliation, or political ideology. However, using a survey experiment and an oversample of districts with charter schools, we show that increased exposure to these schools or information about them does not boost support in rural communities. Lastly, we demonstrate a similar urban-rural gap in support for private school choice policies such as vouchers and tax credits for private school scholarships.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Harvard University, Program on Education Policy and Governance
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