Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
For-profit charter schools are a controversial new development in public education. They combine a structural imperative to maximize profit for private shareholders with the social good of providing public education. This dissertation describes two analyses of for-profit charter schools designed to explore their impact on racial and socioeconomic segregation. The analyses utilize geographic information systems, multilevel modeling, and logistic regression to determine whether and how for-profit charter schools are likely to locate in demographically different neighborhoods, and/or educate demographically different student populations from other types of public schools. The results indicate that for-profit charter schools are less likely than other types of schools to locate in low-income neighborhoods and educate low-income students. Further, in districts where there are significant numbers of for-profit charter schools, there may be a market-effect whereby other types of charter schools in those districts are more likely to behave in profit-maximizing ways akin to for-profit charter schools.
Chair and Committee
William Tate, Cindy Brantmeier, Bret Gustafson, Mark Hogrebe,
Robertson, William Brett, "Market Effect: The Impact of For-Profit Charter Schools on Racial and Socioeconomic Segregation" (2016). Arts & Sciences Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 772.