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Housing and the Achievement Gap

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Education is the focus of state and national policy as we try to find ways to close the “achievement gap.”

Among the many ideas being tried is expanded “choice” - giving families in low-income areas more options of where their kids can go to school.

But what if we flipped that idea a bit - and gave families more choice of where to live instead?  It’s an idea that’s been tried out in Montgomery County Maryland - where, through zoning, low income students get a chance to live in higher-income neighborhoods...and the better-performing schools that go along with them.

In this way, affordable housing helped raise student achievement in a way that other, more traditional education reforms don’t always.

Today, where we live, as we head into the legislature’s “education session,” we’ll continue a series of conversations about reform ideas...today focusing on housing policy and education.  
 
More information on the PSC Housing iForum.