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Brehm, Margaret; Imberman, Scott A.; Naretta, Michael – Education Finance and Policy, 2017
Although prior research has found clear impacts of schools and school quality on property values, little is known about whether charter schools have similar effects. Using sale price data for residential properties in Los Angeles County from 2008 to 2011 we estimate the neighborhood level impact of charter schools on housing prices. Using an…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Real Estate, Housing, School Districts
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Steinberg, Matthew P.; Donaldson, Morgaen L. – Education Finance and Policy, 2016
In the past five years, teacher evaluation has become a preferred policy lever at the federal, state, and local levels. Revisions to teacher evaluation systems have made teachers individually accountable for student achievement to a greater extent than ever before. We describe and analyze the components, processes, and consequences embedded in new…
Descriptors: Accountability, Teacher Evaluation, Educational Policy, School Districts
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Strunk, Katharine O.; Marsh, Julie A.; Hashim, Ayesha K.; Bush-Mecenas, Susan; Weinstein, Tracey – Education Finance and Policy, 2016
We examine the Los Angeles Unified School District's Public School Choice Initiative (PSCI), which sought to turnaround the district's lowest-performing schools. We ask whether school turnaround impacted student outcomes, and what explains variations in outcomes across reform cohorts. We use a Comparative Interrupted Time Series approach using…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Educational Change, Outcomes of Education, School Districts
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Welsh, Richard O.; Duque, Matthew; McEachin, Andrew – Education Finance and Policy, 2016
In recent decades, school choice policies predicated on student mobility have gained prominence as urban districts address chronically low-performing schools. However, scholars have highlighted equity concerns related to choice policies. The case of post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans provides an opportunity to examine student mobility patterns in…
Descriptors: School Choice, Student Mobility, Educational Quality, Natural Disasters
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Welsch, David M.; Zimmer, David M. – Education Finance and Policy, 2015
This paper draws attention to a subtle, but concerning, empirical challenge common in panel data models that seek to estimate the relationship between student transfers and district academic performance. Specifically, if such models have a dynamic element, and if the estimator controls for unobserved traits by including district-level effects,…
Descriptors: Transfer Students, Academic Achievement, Feedback (Response), School Districts
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Protik, Ali; Glazerman, Steven; Bruch, Julie; Teh, Bing-ru – Education Finance and Policy, 2015
We examine behavioral responses to an incentive program that offers high-performing teachers in ten school districts across the country $20,000 to transfer into the district's hardest-to-staff schools. We discuss behavioral responses to the program on high-performing teachers' willingness to transfer (supply) and the effect of the transfer offer…
Descriptors: Teacher Transfer, Incentives, Disadvantaged Schools, Teacher Effectiveness
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Chingos, Matthew M.; Whitehurst, Grover J.; Gallaher, Michael R. – Education Finance and Policy, 2015
School districts are a focus of education reform efforts in the United States, but there is very little existing research about how important they are to student achievement. We fill this gap in the literature using 10 years of student-level, statewide data on fourth- and fifth-grade students in Florida and North Carolina. A variance decomposition…
Descriptors: School Districts, Academic Achievement, Grade 4, Grade 5
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Baker, Bruce D.; Libby, Ken; Wiley, Kathryn – Education Finance and Policy, 2015
This article explores whether two popular policy initiatives are compatible or conflicting strategies for enhancing educational equality in diverse large urban centers. These two initiatives are (1) charter school expansion and (2) improvement of resource equity across urban public school systems through policies often referred to as weighted…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Urban Areas, Urban Schools, Educational Resources