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This study investigated how school choice affects resource distributions, mainly the socio-economic status of students, and the potential impact this has on equity in Minnesota’s education system. The literature review outlines the origins and history of school choice and discusses court cases related to school choice in Minnesota. The literature review explores the benefits of competition in an educational marketplace and also examines how school choice sorts students. Additionally, the literature review considers the importance of socio-economic status to educational outcomes. The research methodology was quantitative and involved graphing the distribution of socio-economic status as measured by the percentage of free and reduced lunch within the three public school types (magnet, charter, and neighborhood). The study found that neighborhood schools had relatively uniform distributions while magnet and charter schools had relatively skewed distributions. The study found that charter schools in particular had a large number of schools with high concentrations of free and reduced lunch-eligible students.
School Choice, SES, achievement gap
Wiltzius, Craig, "Exploring How School Choice Affects the Distribution of Educational Resources in Ramsey County Minnesota" (2023). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 4562.
School of Education Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations