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Gulosino, Charisse A.; Ciamarra, Elif Sisli – Education Finance and Policy, 2019
This study provides the first systematic analysis of the composition of charter school governing boards. We assemble a dataset of charter school boards in Massachusetts from 2001 to 2013 and investigate the consequences of donor and founder representation on governing boards. We find that the presence of donors on the charter school boards is…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Donors, Governing Boards, Educational Finance
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Dougherty, Shaun M. – Education Finance and Policy, 2018
Earlier work demonstrates that career and technical education (CTE) can provide long-term financial benefits to participants, yet few have explored potential academic impacts, with none in the era of high-stakes accountability. This paper investigates the causal impact of participating in a specialized high school-based CTE delivery system on high…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Human Capital, Evidence, Outcomes of Education
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Castleman, Benjamin; Goodman, Joshua – Education Finance and Policy, 2018
Though counseling is one commonly pursued intervention to improve college enrollment and completion for disadvantaged students, there is relatively little causal evidence on its efficacy. We use a regression discontinuity design to study the impact of intensive college counseling provided by a Massachusetts program to college-seeking, low-income…
Descriptors: College Bound Students, Economically Disadvantaged, Low Income Students, Enrollment
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Cohodes, Sarah R. – Education Finance and Policy, 2016
Recent work has shown that Boston charter schools raise standardized test scores more than their traditional school counterparts. Critics of charter schools argue that charter schools create those achievement gains by focusing exclusively on test preparation, at the expense of deeper learning. In this paper, I test that critique by estimating the…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Urban Schools, Standardized Tests, Scores
Zabel, Jeffrey – Education Finance and Policy, 2014
I investigate a possible unintended consequence of Proposition 2½ override behavior--that it led to increased segregation in school districts in Massachusetts. This can occur because richer, low-minority towns tend to have more successful override votes that attract similar households with relatively high demands for public services who can afford…
Descriptors: State Legislation, Educational Finance, School Districts, Enrollment Trends
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Goodman, Joshua – Education Finance and Policy, 2010
Low college enrollment rates among low-income students may stem from a combination of credit constraints, low academic skill, and low-quality schools. Recent Massachusetts data allow the first use of school district fixed effects in the analysis of credit constraints, leading to four findings. First, low-income students in Massachusetts have lower…
Descriptors: Enrollment, Low Income Groups, College Bound Students, Credit (Finance)