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.

May 5, 2009

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Why access to schools isn’t enough if their quality is lacking.

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    The importance of good data to design and develop quality school options.

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    How information about a community can help identify where education reform dollars should be spent.

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    Why it’s critical that school districts engage both supplier and consumer community members in starting new schools.

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    How a lack of knowledge can lead to poor choices for kids.

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    Why location matters in order for schools to be successful in inner-city, low-income communities.

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    The parallels between public schools and retailers – like banks and grocery stores.

Key Takeaway

A Successful School Choice Marketplace

A working educational marketplace requires the involvement of school district leaders, community organizations, individual schools and families to determine what school options are needed to meet particular community needs – and where. As well, parents need to be informed about their options in order to make the best decisions for their children’s education. 

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