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Isaac McFarlin Jr.

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University of Florida
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December 2018Education for All? A Nationwide Audit Study of Schools of Choice
with Peter Bergman: w25396
School choice may allow schools to “cream skim” students perceived as easier to educate. To test this, we sent emails from fictitious parents to 6,452 schools in 29 states and Washington, D.C. The fictitious parent asked whether any student is eligible to apply to the school and how to apply. Each email signaled a randomly assigned attribute of the child. We find that schools are less likely to respond to inquiries from students with poor behavior, low achievement, or a special need. Lower response rates to students with a potentially significant special need are driven by charter schools. Otherwise, these results hold for traditional public schools in areas of school choice and high-value added schools.
September 2015Investing in Schools: Capital Spending, Facility Conditions, and Student Achievement
with Paco Martorell, Kevin M. Stange: w21515
Public investments in repairs, modernization, and construction of schools cost billions. However, little is known about the nature of school facility investments, whether it actually changes the physical condition of public schools, and the subsequent causal impacts on student achievement. We study the achievement effects of nearly 1,400 capital campaigns initiated and financed by local school districts, comparing districts where school capital bonds were either narrowly approved or defeated by district voters. Overall, we find little evidence that school capital campaigns improve student achievement. Our event-study analyses focusing on students that attend targeted schools and therefore exposed to major campus renovations also generate very precise zero estimates of achievement effects. ...

Published: Paco Martorell & Kevin Stange & Isaac McFarlin, 2016. "Investing in schools: Capital spending, facility conditions, and student achievement," Journal of Public Economics, . citation courtesy of

 
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