Who is More Free? A Comparison of the Decision-Making of Private and Public School Principals
29 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2016 Last revised: 4 Feb 2017
Date Written: June 21, 2016
While an abundance of school choice literature focuses on student achievement outcomes, little has been done to determine the mechanisms involved in producing such outcomes. We present a comparative analysis of private and public school principals using data from the School and Staffing Survey (SASS) 2011-2012. We add to the literature by examining the differences in private and public school principals’ abilities to influence important decisions at their schools. We conclude that private schooling may have a systematic advantage over public schooling since private school leadership exhibits more autonomy in influencing relevant decisions.
Keywords: school choice, school leadership, school management, School and Staffing Survey
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