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Rajashri Chakrabarti and Paul E. Peterson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262033763

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262033763.001.0001

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The Public-Private School Controversy in Chile

The Public-Private School Controversy in Chile

(p.165) 8 The Public-Private School Controversy in Chile
School Choice International

Cristian Bellei

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This chapter puts a critical eye on the available research about whether Chilean students attending private schools obtain larger learning outcomes than their peers studying at public schools. Chile constitutes a paradigmatic case in the debate about the relative efficacy of private and public schools, and research on its experience might shed light on such a controversy. The chapter begins with a brief description of Chilean education, then reviews the research on the systemic effects of school choice on private versus public schools’ effectiveness. An analysis of some key methodological issues that account for the contrasting findings of previous research is presented, along with a description of the data used. Empirical evidence of the consequences of the identified methodological limitations are also provided. Finally, the main conclusions in the chapter are summarized by elaborating an interpretative hypothesis and stating some educational policy implications.

Keywords:   private schools, Chilean students, learning outcomes, public schools, Chilean education, school choice, identified methodological limitations, interpretative hypothesis, educational policy implications

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