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What Factors Are Involved in Decisions About Opening and Closing Schools? A Quantitative Analysis

Whitney Ruble, Tulane University PhD Student

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

The authorizors of charter schools are an under-studied piece of the charter reform process. This study focuses on what are arguably the most important decisions authorizors make: Which schools should be opened and which should be closed? The decisions of the RSD over the past decade are taken as a case study of the challenges involved in identifying the schools that are most likely to be effective. Whitney Ruble, Economics PhD student at Tulane University, examines which aspects of the applications best predict acceptance by the RSD and which factors best predict closure and length of school contract.

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