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Fiscal and Education Spillovers from Charter School Expansion

September 26, 2018
This research paper suggests greater charter attendance increases per-pupil expenditures in traditional public schools

The fiscal and educational consequences of charter expansion for non-charter students are central issues in the debate over charter schools. Do charter schools drain resources and high-achieving peers from non-charter schools?
This research paper suggests greater charter attendance increases per-pupil expenditures in traditional public schools and induces them to shift expenditure from support services to instruction and salaries. At the same time, charter expansion has a small positive effect on non-charter students’ achievement. View Study.