School Choice and Charter Schools in Review

What Have We Learned?

Originally published in The Journal of Private Enterprise

School choice and charter schools remain divisive policy issues in the United States. We review the literature to determine what researchers have learned about school choice, charter schools, and student outcomes, exploring five propositions that represent key arguments in the debate. We find little consensus in the literature. We suggest that this lack of consensus may be due, in part, to empirical challenges and to the large diversity within school type.

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