Policy Documents

The Economic Benefits of New York City’s Public School Reforms, 2002-2013,”

Robert Shapiro, Kevin Hassett –
December 31, 2013

This study estimates the economic benefits associated with the major public school reforms introduced in New York City (NYC) by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Over the course of a decade, the Bloomberg administration undertook a series of significant changes to the operations of the New York City public school system, focused primarily on increasing the autonomy and accountability of a school’s principal and teachers, and vastly expanding school choice and charter schools. We found that those reforms have been closely followed by substantial improvements in a number of key measures of student performance, including Math and English test scores, high school graduation rates, and college enrollment rates.