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School Admissions Reform in Chicago and England: Comparing Mechanisms by their Vulnerability to Manipulation

Are Parents Gaming their School Assignment?

School Assignment, February 2013

In a study of school admis­sions sys­tems, Parag Pathak and Tayfun Sonmez intro­duce a method to com­pare the mech­a­nisms which dis­tricts use to assign stu­dents to seats based on their vul­ner­a­bil­ity to manip­u­la­tion and offer insight into dis­trict pol­icy changes in case stud­ies of Chicago Public Schools’ aban­don­ment of their old assign­ment mech­a­nism in 2009 and England’s nation­wide ban on the pop­u­lar Boston mech­a­nism in 2007.