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School choice options can vary in success in rural areas

May 23, 2017

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Part of the issue in measuring school choice options like charter schools is that the scenarios of how these schools are formed and in what way they interact with their public counterparts can vary. Charter schools tend to have a positive impact on public schools, and charter students in urban areas tend to perform better than their public counterparts, but these urban areas likely offer more options of schools — at least on paper.

In New York, for example, there are zoned public schools, non-zoned schools, selective schools, private and charter schools, often within relatively short distances of each other. This does not often work in practice, but there still remain options that are simply not available to rural students.

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