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Introducing School Choice into Multidistrict Public School System

Introducing School Choice into Multidistrict Public School System

Chapter:
(p.145) Introducing School Choice into Multidistrict Public School System
Source:
The Economics of School Choice
Author(s):
Thomas J. Nechyba
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226355344.003.0006

This chapter discusses the factors to consider in introducing a school choice program in multidistrict public school systems. It highlights the importance of modeling the current school system realistically before attempting to predict the effects of school choice, and provides evidence on the link between housing and school consumption and the impact that private schools can have by severing this link. The analysis reveals that under the most pessimistic assumptions, increasing school choice may lead to surprisingly small declines in average public school quality and in the overall level of inequality in the system, whereas it may yield substantial gains under more optimistic assumptions.

Keywords:   school choice, public school system, housing, school consumption, private schools, public school quality

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