School Choice and School Safety
By Corey DeAngelis, Jude Schwalbach
We examine the literature linking private and charter schooling to perceptions of student safety in United States schools. The results are generally null to positive for student, parent, and principal reports of school safety for the eight studies on safety in public charter schools and the eleven studies on safety in private schools. None of the existing studies find evidence to suggest that private or charter schools reduce perceptions of school safety overall. Although more research is needed, the most rigorous evidence on this topic suggests that private and public charter schools are generally associated with higher levels of safety as reported by students, parents, and principals.