Supporters believe that the emergence of charter schools can provide disenfranchised students with profound academic opportunities. Critics believe that the market-oriented school choice system will aggravate inequalities. The purpose of the paper is to examine the locational decisions of charter schools in the city of Chicago, Illinois. I utilize an ordered probit and the marginal effects analysis to estimate the need-based, market creaming, and political-institutional models. Some findings are consistent with the belief that charter schools detain from locating in areas with larger percentages of minorities, which causes an increases in segregation while other finding support the response charter schools have with competing surrounding schools; in conclusion, I found that the supporters and critics do not evaluate the complexity of charter school location and that the location pattern appears more sensitive to the characteristics of the area.


Burnell, Barb




charter schools, location, education

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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