Deconstructing School Choice: Problem Schools or Problem Students?
Article first published online: 18 JAN 2011
Copyright © 2011 The American Society for Public Administration
Public Administration Review
Volume 71, Issue 1, pages 87–95, January/February 2011
How to Cite
Rabovsky, T. (2011), Deconstructing School Choice: Problem Schools or Problem Students?. Public Administration Review, 71: 87–95. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6210.2010.02309.x
- Issue published online: 18 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 18 JAN 2011
School choice has developed into one of the most contentious policy debates in K–12 education. Proponents argue that choice leads to competition among schools, thereby raising school quality for all students, while opponents claim that school choice often results in racial segregation and worsens inequity. The findings of this study, collected from qualitative interviews with school administrators and quantitative analysis of school performance and enrollment data, suggest that a common form of school choice, intradistrict transfer, may not always have the desired impacts on administrators, particularly with regard to intradistrict transfer programs. In addition, the author finds important differences in criteria that shape transfer decisions at different grade levels, and in the factors that shape the decision to transfer away from a school versus those that influence decisions about which school to transfer into.