Race-Blind Admissions, School Segregation, and Student Outcomes: Evidence from Race-Blind Magnet School Lotteries

43 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2021

Date Written: April 2, 2021

Abstract

In 2007, the Supreme Court declared race-conscious school admissions unconstitutional. This paper provides the first evaluation of a related federal mandate where a school district was forced to adopt a race-blind lottery system for its magnet schools. I explore the impact of the dramatic increase in racial segregation resulting from the mandate. More segregated schools spend less per-pupil, enroll lower achieving students, employ lower value-added teachers, and perpetuate ``white flight'' out of the district. Ultimately, segregation arising from mandated race-blind admissions causes student achievement and college attendance rates to decline.

Keywords: segregation, magnet schools, race-blind lottery

JEL Classification: I24, I26, I28, J15, J48

Suggested Citation

Cook, Jason, Race-Blind Admissions, School Segregation, and Student Outcomes: Evidence from Race-Blind Magnet School Lotteries (April 2, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3818304 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3818304

Jason Cook (Contact Author)

University of Utah ( email )

David Eccles School of Business
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
United States

HOME PAGE: http://jasoncookresearch.com/

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