Subsidies that increase the number of school options in low-income communities do not ensure their quality, or guarantee that parents are informed to choose better options for their children’s education. An effective market of school options must improve higher-quality supply and higher-quality demand. This report looks at the benefits of school choice in low-income, urban neighborhoods that demonstrate low educational achievement.
Timely information about neighborhood needs and strengths help leaders recruit new education providers to needy areas.
Community involvement at the school, local and district levels is key to developing partnerships that support new schools.
Start-up and capital funds can help independent schools and providers to enter a particular marketplace and thrive.
Information campaigns can help parents navigate school options, and make good decisions about school quality.
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School districts have proven remarkably resistant to competitive pressure, parental demand has not culled poor-performing schools, and it is far more difficult to start and grow successful schools than originally envisioned.
In order to pressure all public schools to improve and to raise student achievement overall, school choice reforms need to not just increase the supply of any schools. They need to increase the supply of good schools, and parents who know how to find them.
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