Injecting Successful Charter School Strategies into Traditional Public Schools: Early Results from an Experiment in Houston
NBER Working Paper No. 17494
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This paper was previously circulated as “Creating ‘No Excuses’ (Traditional) Public Schools: Preliminary Evidence from an Experiment in Houston.” I give special thanks to Terry Grier and the Apollo 20 principals whose leadership made this experiment possible. I also thank Richard Barth, James Calaway, Geoffrey Canada, Tim Daly, Michael Goldstein, and Wendy Kopp for countless hours of advice and counsel, and my colleagues David Card, Will Dobbie, Michael Greenstone, Lawrence Katz, Steven Levitt, Jesse Rothstein, Andrei Shleifer, Jörg Spenkuch, Grover Whitehurst, and seminar participants at University of California at Berkeley for comments and suggestions at various stages of this project. Meghan Howard, Brad Allan, Sara D’Alessandro, Matt Davis, and Blake Heller provided truly exceptional implementation support and research assistance. Financial support from Bank of America, the Broad Foundation, the Brown foundation, Chevron Corporation, the Cullen Foundation, Deloitte, LLP, El Paso Corporation, the Fondren Foundation, the Greater Houston Partnership, the Houston Endowment, Houston Livestock and Rodeo, J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLC, Michael Holthouse Foundation for Kids, the Simmons Foundation, Texas High School Project, and Wells Fargo is gratefully acknowledged. The views expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.