Abhilasha Gokulan '18
This paper aims to evaluate recent changes in the U.S. education system, namely an influx in the number of charter schools, on the percent of racially segregated schools within our public school system. Conducting analysis at a school, district, and state level, it is first apparent that segregation in schools continues to be extant and disproportionately impacts certain regions. Our regression analysis, both at district and state levels using a non-delayed dataset and a time-delayed dataset, precludes us from confidently determining the increase in number of charter schools during our entire time frame of analysis, 2006 school year to the 2013 school year, causes a decrease in the percent of segregated schools. However, at a regional level controlling for year effects, it becomes apparent that certain states have experienced a decrease in the percent of segregated schools when comparing one school year to the first school year of study. While this study attempts to understand the effect of school choice on school segregation, it is evident further analysis will be needed to grasp this phenomenon.