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Housing and the Achievement Gap


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.