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Choice and Competition

By Michelle R. Davis — October 10, 2006 1 min read
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“What is the Reality of School Competition?” is posted by the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education.

There is a difference between offering school choice and encouraging competition among schools, according to a paper by the New York City-based National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education.

The study looked at the broad school choice policies in New Zealand and found that 91 percent of primary school students and 84 percent of secondary school students attended their first-choice schools. But of 157 principals surveyed in 1999 and 2003, only 17 percent reported facing competition from other schools in both years.

A version of this article appeared in the October 11, 2006 edition of Education Week

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