This study used a quantitative historical research design and multivariate mixed method analysis to examine whether there is a relationship between charter school enrollment and economic segregation at the elementary level in the public schools of two urban Minnesota districts, Saint Paul Public Schools and Minneapolis Public Schools. Economic segregation is measured using dissimilarity index scores calculated from 2006 to 2010. Data were collected from the Minnesota Department of Education using the federally mandated October 1 reporting statistics database. The results of the study were different for each school district. There was a statistically significant, and positive, relationship between charter school enrollment and students at the elementary level who qualify for free lunch in Saint Paul Public Schools but not for students who qualify for free lunch in Minneapolis Public Schools. There was not a statistically significant relationship between charter school enrollment and students at the elementary level who qualified for reduced-price lunch or students who do not qualify for free or reduced-price lunch in either school district.
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Sambs, J. M. (2020). Elementary Charter School Enrollment and Economic Segregation in Two Urban Minnesota Public School Districts [Doctoral dissertation, Bethel University]. Spark Repository. https://spark.bethel.edu/etd/554