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Economic Commentary

Choice, Charters, and Public School Competition

In the last century, public schools changed in ways that dramatically reduced the control that parents have over their local schools. Regaining that control is one key to improving the quality of our schools, and giving students a choice of schools is one way of increasing the influence that parents have over the way schools are run. Several types of school choice have arisen in recent years, including magnet and charter schools. But when these are reviewed in terms of outcomes and incentives, charter schools are found to have a much better chance of providing the competitive pressure necessary to improve the quality of public schools.

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Suggested Citation

Hanushek, Eric. 2006. “Choice, Charters, and Public School Competition.” Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Commentary 3/15/2006.

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