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Neighborhood Schools, Choice, and the Distribution of Educational Benefits

Neighborhood Schools, Choice, and the Distribution of Educational Benefits

Chapter:
(p.227) 7 Neighborhood Schools, Choice, and the Distribution of Educational Benefits
Source:
The Economics of School Choice
Author(s):
Dennis EppleRichard Romano
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226355344.003.0008

This chapter examines the implications of a neighborhood system of public schooling and compares it to provision that allows districtwide open enrollment or school choice. It shows that there is an important trade-off between intradistrict choice and neighborhood schools, so long as every student benefits from being with students of higher ability. The chapter explains that intradistrict choice encourages segregation of students on the basis of ability, but discourages segregation of students on the basis of income.

Keywords:   neighborhood system, public school, school choice, intradistrict choice, segregation of students

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