Are High Quality Schools Enough to Close the Achievement Gap? Evidence from a Social Experiment in Harlem

  title={Are High Quality Schools Enough to Close the Achievement Gap? Evidence from a Social Experiment in Harlem},
  author={Will Dobbie and Roland G. Fryer},
  journal={Political Behavior: Race},
Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ), which combines community investments with reform minded charter schools, is one of the most ambitious social experiments to alleviate poverty of our time. We provide the first empirical test of the causal impact of HCZ on educational outcomes, with an eye toward informing the long-standing debate whether schools alone can eliminate the achievement gap or whether the issues that poor children bring to school are too much for educators alone to overcome. Both lottery… Expand
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