A Wise Investment: The Productivity of Public and Private Schools of Choice in Wisconsin

23 Pages Posted: 17 May 2019

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Corey DeAngelis

Reason Foundation; Cato Institute

Date Written: May 15, 2019

Abstract

I calculate the cost-effectiveness of private schools participating in school voucher programs, and independent charter schools, compared to district-run public schools in Wisconsin for the 2017-18 school year. I calculate cost-effectiveness by dividing the Accountability Report Card score for each school by the public dollars invested in each school. Using a conservative analytic approach, I find that private and independent charter schools tend to be more cost-effective than district-run public schools in the state overall and for the vast majority of individual cities.

Keywords: school choice, charter schools, school productivity, school vouchers

JEL Classification: I28, I20

Suggested Citation

DeAngelis, Corey, A Wise Investment: The Productivity of Public and Private Schools of Choice in Wisconsin (May 15, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3388304 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3388304

Corey DeAngelis (Contact Author)

Reason Foundation ( email )

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Washington, DC 20009
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Cato Institute ( email )

1000 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
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