School Choice

Charter School Study

In response to the Utah Legislature Executive Appropriations Committee Request for Proposal in 2006, the UEPC conducted a study of charter schools in Utah to obtain information about the purpose, authorization, governance, and training associated with charter schools, as well as information about parents’ decisions to enroll in or withdraw their students from charter schools.

To download this report in PDF, please click here.



Other School Choice studies authored by UEPC staff:

Sun, M. & Ni, Y.  (2015). Work environments and labor markets: Explaining principal turnover gap between charter schools and traditional public schools. Educational Administration Quarterly. In press, 11/2015.

Ni, Y., Sun, M., & Rorrer, A. (2014). Principal turnover: Upheaval and uncertainty in charter schools? Educational Administration Quarterly. Published, 06/2014.

Gulosino, C. & Ni, Y. (2014). Home Schooling. In Brewer, D. J. & Picus, L. O. (Eds.).  Encyclopedia of Education Economics and Finance. SAGE Publications Inc. Published, 09/2014.

Ni, Y., & Rorrer, A. (2012). Twice considered: Charter schools and student achievement in Utah.  Economics of Education Review. 31(5), 835-849. Published, 02/2012.

Ni, Y. (2012). Teacher working conditions in charter schools and traditional public schools: A comparative study. Teachers College Record. 114(3), 1-26. Published, 06/2011.

Arsen, D & Ni, Y. (2012). Resource allocation in charter and traditional public schools:  Is administration leaner in charter schools? Educational Policy Analysis Archives, 20(31). Published, 09/2012.

Arsen, D. & Ni, Y. (2012). The effects of charter school competition on school district resource allocation.Educational Administration Quarterly. 48(1), 3-38.. Published, 09/2012.

Arsen, D. & Ni, Y. (2012). The competitive effect of school choice policies on public school performance. In Hinchey, P., Welner, K, & Mrion, G. (Eds). School Choice: Evidence and Recommendations. Information Age Publications. Published, 10/2011.

Ni, Y. & Arsen, D. (2011). School choice participation rates: Which districts are pressured? Educational Policy Analysis Archives. 19(29). Published, 10/2011.

Arsen, D & Ni, Y. (2011). Shaking up public schools with competition: What does evidence say about the effects of charter schools on improving outcomes for nonchoosers and their schools? School Administrator.68(7), 16-19. Published, 08/2011.

Arsen, D. & Ni, Y. (2011). How Does District Resource Allocation Change in Response to Charter School Competition? In Berends, M, Cannata, M. & Goldring, E. (Eds). School Choice and School Improvement: Research in State, District and Community Contexts. Harvard Education Press. Published, 03/2011.

Ni, Y. (2010). The sorting effect of charter schools on student composition in traditional public schools.Educational Policy, 26(2), 3-30. Published, 12/2010.

Ni, Y. & Arsen, D. (2010). The competitive effects of charter schools on public school districts. In C. Lubienski (Eds). The charter school experiment: expectations, advocacy and evidence. Harvard Education Press. Published, 10/2010.

Ni, Y. & Arsen, D. (2009). Impacts of school choice competition on traditional public schools: Which districts are pressured, how do they respond? In F. E. Crampton (Ed.) Proceedings of the 2008 University Council for Educational Administration Conference. Austin, TX: UCEA. Published, 10/2009.

Ni, Y. (2009). The impact of charter schools on the efficiency of traditional public schools: Evidence from Michigan. Economics of Education Review. 28(5), 571-584. Published, 08/2009.

Arsen, D. and Ni, Y. (2008). The competitive effect of school choice policies on performance in traditional public schools. (No. EPSL-0803-261-EPRU). Tempe, AZ and Boulder, CO: Education Policy Research Unit, Arizona State University & Education and the Public Interest Center, University of Colorado. Published, 12/2008.

Ni, Y. (2008). What do we know about vouchers? A balanced and cautious perspective. Utah Education Policy Center, University of Utah. Published, 10/2007.

Ni, Y. (2007). Are charter schools more racially segregated than traditional public schools? The Education Policy Center at Michigan State University. Policy Report #30. Published, 05/2007.

Ni, Y. (2007). Who participates in Michigan’s school choice programs? The Education Policy Center at Michigan State University. Policy Report #29. Published, 03/2007.

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