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How Poorly Were Philadelphia's Schools Really Doing?: Analyzing the State Takeover and the Explanations for What Happened

26 Pages Posted: 28 Oct 2002  

John R. Lott Jr.

Crime Prevention Research Center

Brent D. Mast

American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

Date Written: August 21, 2002

Abstract

The Pennsylvania state government taking over the Philadelphia school system raises important questions about how poorly Philadelphia schools were actually doing. The city had enacted a number of reforms during the mid-1990s, from instituting full day schooling for Kindergarten to increased teacher training. Some claim that Philadelphia suffered from reduced funding from the state government. This study evaluates these reforms and claims using the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) Exam for the entire state of Pennsylvania from 1991 to 2001. Among the findings is that per pupil spending in Philadelphia during the 1990s was not significantly related to test scores and that the returns were significantly less for spending in the rest of the state.

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Lott, John R. and Mast, Brent D., How Poorly Were Philadelphia's Schools Really Doing?: Analyzing the State Takeover and the Explanations for What Happened (August 21, 2002). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=328104 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.328104

John R. Lott Jr. (Contact Author)

Crime Prevention Research Center ( email )

DC
United States

Brent D. Mast

American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

1150 17th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
United States

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