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Neighborhood Schools, Diversity, and Upward Mobility

A new elementary school will open in my city next fall, and the boundary option hearings were heated and contentious. I discovered in the December issue of Population Research and Policy Review that advocacy for “neighborhood schools” is often in tension with efforts to maintain desegregation effects in public schools. The article pointed to San Francisco, which took the unprecedented step of taking a citywide vote on whether to start prioritizing neighborhood schools. The ballot measure was defeated by less than 1,000 votes, and so the city’s policy continues to maintain a strong focus on integration, at least for now. Read More

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