How Do School Leaders Respond to Competition? Evidence From New Orleans

A policy brief of Era New Orleans' paper on school competition post-Katrina by Huriya Jabbar

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How Do School Leaders Respond to Competition? Evidence From New Orleans

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This paper examines New Orleans school leaders’ perceptions of competition and their responses to it. This paper will focus on schools’ responses to competition rather than student outcomes in a way that can help policy-makers understand whether improving education is the automatic response to competition in a school-choice environment, or whether schools, like competitors in other markets, have a range of strategies they employ in order to survive. This study looks at how competition affects schools, a dynamic not captured in studies that have focused on student outcomes.