Do charter schools skim students or drain resources?
Economics of Education Review Volume 23, Number 3 ISSN 0272-7757 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Two critical concerns with the rapid and ongoing expansion of charter schools are that they will segregate students and reduce the per-pupil resources available to conventional public schools. The contradictory prior evidence on such questions is based on potentially misleading cross-sectional comparisons. This study provides new evidence on these issues by conducting panel-based evaluations using school-level data from Arizona and neighboring states. These results suggest that the introduction of charter schools in Arizona has increased pupil–teacher ratios in traditional public schools by 6 percent and reduced the proportion of white non-Hispanic students by 2 percent.
Dee, T.S. & Fu, H. Do charter schools skim students or drain resources?. Economics of Education Review, 23(3), 259-271. Elsevier Ltd.