Charter schools: A U.S. case study and implications for Brazil




School Choice, Charter Schools, Equal Education, Comparative Education, US, Brazil


This article analyzes the case of school choice in the United States and its implications for the Brazilian context. This discussion is important to Brazil, given the fact that key actors are starting to advocate in favor of introducing charter schools and vouchers in the country. Evidence from countries that introduced this model can help shed some light on this debate. In this article, we will analyze the overall performance of school choice in the United States, especially charter schools, focusing on its implications on educational equity. The Brazilian educational system is highly unequal. Thus, if charter schools are not helping to enhance the overall quality and equity in the United States, it may not be a policy to be pursued in Brazil. In this scenario, focusing on the idea that school choice is the answer may divert the attention from systemic policies that can contribute to improve education such as high-quality early childhood education, increased education funding, after-school programs, and teacher professional development.



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Author Biographies

Paula Louzano, Universidad Diego Portales

Paula Louzano is the Dean of Diego Portales University School of Education, in Chile. Paula holds a doctoral degree in educational policy from Harvard University and M.A. in comparative education from Stanford University. She worked as a professor and researcher at University of São Paulo School of Education and as a consultant at UNESCO Regional Office for Education in Santiago, Chile. Her research interests include comparative educational policies, teacher education and professional development and educational equity.

Lara Simielli, Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV EAESP)

Lara Simielli is a Professor at the Public Management Department of Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV EAESP). Lara holds a Ph.D. and Master´s Degree in Public Administration and Government from FGV EAESP, and she was a Visiting Researcher at Stanford University. Lara worked as a Project Officer in the UNESCO Education Sector (Brazil) and as a Professor at the University of São Paulo School of Education. Her research interests include strategic planning and public policy management, project evaluation and monitoring, educational policy and equity. 




How to Cite

Louzano, P., & Simielli, L. (2020). Charter schools: A U.S. case study and implications for Brazil. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 28, 38.



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