PER Distinguished Lecture: Joshua Angrist
Joshua Angrist - "Radical Recipes for School Reform: Testing Takeovers in New Orleans and Boston"
Charter takeovers are traditional public schools that close and then re-open as charter schools. Students enrolled in these schools when closed are guaranteed charter eats. We use this fact to estimate the effects of passive charter attendance: the grandfathering instrument compares students at schools designated for takeover with students who appear similar at baseline and who were attending similar schools not yet closed. Estimates for a large sample of takeover schools in the New Orleans Recovery School District show substantial gains from takeover enrollment. In Boston, where we can compare grandfathering and lottery estimates for a middle school, grandfathered students see achievement gains at least as large as the gains for students assigned seats in charter lotteries.
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