Are you interested in learning more about neighborhood socioeconomic ascent and charter school openings? Take a look at this article by Jennifer Candipan & Noli Brazil!

Please enjoy the following article from the Journal of Urban Affairs, available online.

The neighborhood context of school openings: Charter school expansion and socioeconomic ascent in the United States, by Jennifer Candipan & Noli Brazil


In this study, we examine the association between neighborhood socioeconomic ascent from 1990 to 2010 and charter school openings from 2010 to 2016 using a national sample of school attendance boundaries in the U.S. We first index school attendance boundaries into typologies according to their demographic profiles in 2010, and changes along multiple components of socioeconomic status from 1990 to 2010. We then examine whether charter schools were increasingly opening in neighborhoods that experienced SES ascent and find notable variation between different types of neighborhoods where charters expanded. When charters opened in ascendant neighborhoods, they located proportionally more often in racially and socioeconomically diverse urban areas compared to prior years. Results provide a rich descriptive portrait of the neighborhood context of recent charter expansion.

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