Food for Thought: Building a High-Quality School Choice Market

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Education Sector

May 5, 2009

Summary

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.

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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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Map the Market

Timely information about neighborhood needs and strengths help leaders recruit new education providers to needy areas.

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