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"Every Kid is Money": School Leaders Perceptions of Competition in New Orleans

Huriya Jabbar, Research Associate

Date & Time
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
12:00–1:00 pm
Tulane Medical School Building
1555 Poydras St.

One of the primary aims of charter school policies is to introduce competition between all public schools. When parents can choose where to send their children to school, this creates pressure on schools to attract and retain students. But do school leaders in New Orleans recognize these market pressures? Which schools do they compete with and why?

Drawing on surveys and interviews with 90% of the principals in New Orleans public schools, this paper examines the extent to which school leaders in New Orleans perceive competition for students, the schools they view as competitors, and the factors that explain why one school competes with another.

Education Research Alliance research associate Huriya Jabbar will present her findings which suggest that school leaders do think about competition, but the number and type of schools they compete with varies across schools. Factors associated with a competitive relationship between two schools included geography, school performance, charter network, and principal characteristics.

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