A Wise Investment: The Productivity of Public and Private Schools of Choice in Wisconsin
23 Pages Posted: 17 May 2019
Date Written: May 15, 2019
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
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