Does State Takeover of School Districts Affect Student Achievement?

Awarded Scholars:
Beth Schueler, University of Virginia
Project Date:
May 2018
Award Amount:

Schueler will study how state takeovers of struggling public school districts affect academic achievement. She will pair data on statewide academic performance from SEDA with an original dataset that identifies all school districts that have ever been under state takeover since the 1980s. She will also estimate the effects of state takeovers on educational inputs such as pupil-teacher ratio, total per pupil expenditures, the share of expenditures spent on instruction, and the percent of public school students in charter schools.


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