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Lost Classroom, Lost CommunityCatholic Schools' Importance in Urban America$
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Margaret F. Brinig and Nicole Stelle Garnett

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226122007

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226122144.001.0001

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Charter Schools, Catholic Schools, and Crime

Charter Schools, Catholic Schools, and Crime

(p.90) Chapter Five Charter Schools, Catholic Schools, and Crime
Lost Classroom, Lost Community

Margaret F. Brinig

Nicole Stelle Garnett

University of Chicago Press

This chapter addresses implications for urban neighborhoods of both (1) the rapid disappearance of Catholic schools, and (2) the rise of charter schools. Previous chapters linked Catholic school closures to increased disorder and crime, and decreased social cohesion, in Chicago neighborhoods. This chapter turns to two unanswered questions. First, do the results reflect the work that open Catholic schools do as neighborhood institutions or a “loss effect?” Second, do the results find “school effects” generally or “Catholic school effects” in particular? The chapter begins to answer both questions by comparing the effects of open Catholic and charter schools on neighborhood crime rates. Police beats with open Catholic schools have lower rates of serious crime than those without one. Usually, a charter appears to have no statistically significant effect on crime rates.

Keywords:   charter schools, school closures, Catholic schools, disorder, social cohesion, crime

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