DeJarnatt's research focuses on the impact of market-based reforms on public education. Overarching themes in DeJarnatt's writing include how privatization of public education undercuts democracy, reduces transparency, and limits oversight by the public and public institutions. DeJarnatt provides testimony to state and local institutions on the impact of charter expansion and renewal and works with civic groups, including parent and teacher organizations, who try to support public education.
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Analyzes the defects in Pennsylvania's formula for funding cyber charter schools and calls for reform of that formula.
Uses behavioral law and economics theory to examine the available empirical studies on how parents choose schools. Discusses how those studies undercut NCLB's premise that parents are rational actors when it comes to school selection. Mentions that parental choice of schools is strongly influenced by implicit racial bias and by the parents' economic class, social networks and sources of information about schools.
Traces the legislative history of Pennsylvania's Charter School Law, all court interpretations of it, and news accounts contemporary to the passage of the law to show that charter school authorizations not only can but must consider the fiscal impact of charter school expansion and renewal on traditional public school districts.
Explores the costs of education reform in Philadelphia, including the loss of community voice, the loss of effective parental choice for those parents who prefer public schools; economic costs in the negative impact of charter costs on the school district's budget; and loss of opportunities for other methods of education reform that treat public education as a public good.
Illustrates the background of the market-based education reform movement.
Calls for expansion of "accountability" for charter schools beyond just market demand.