• Does Parental Choice Foster Segregated Schools? Insights from the Netherlands
    Year: 2011

  • Abstract:
    The Netherlands has a long history of parental choice and school autonomy. This paper examines why segregation by educational disadvantage has only recently emerged as a policy issue in the Netherlands. In addition, the authors document the levels and trends of school segregation in Dutch cities. They find segregation levels that are high both absolutely and relative to those in the U.S. cities. Current efforts to limit segregation in Dutch cities inevitably confront the deeply held Dutch value of freedom of education.

    This paper is published in a book from the Harvard Education Press.

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