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

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M. Danish Shakeel

Harvard University

Corey DeAngelis

Reason Foundation; Cato Institute

Date Written: June 21, 2016

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Shakeel, M. Danish and DeAngelis, Corey, Who is More Free? A Comparison of the Decision-Making of Private and Public School Principals (June 21, 2016). EDRE Working Paper No. 2016-09. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2795138 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2795138

M. Danish Shakeel (Contact Author)

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Corey DeAngelis

Reason Foundation ( email )

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Cato Institute ( email )

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