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ERIC Number: ED503495
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 52
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Quality Schools, Healthy Neighborhoods, and the Future of DC: Policy Report
Filardo, Mary; Allen, Marni; Huvendick, Nancy; Sung, Ping; Garrison, David; Turner, Margery Austin; Comey, Jennifer; Williams, Barika; Guernsey, Elizabeth
21st Century School Fund
Over the last decade, the District of Columbia implemented bold steps to improve its public schools while also experiencing population growth, property value increases, and strong city fiscal health. But its child population (0-17 years old) remained essentially the same and a dwindling share of the city's children was attending the public schools. The Office of the State Superintendent of Education commissioned this study in late 2006, with original impetus from a federal directive for the city to study how quality public school options can retain and attract families to live in the District of Columbia. Three DC-based organizations--21st Century School Fund, the Brookings Institution, and the Urban Institute--collaborated to conduct the research, bringing their distinct perspectives and expertise on education, housing, and neighborhood development in the District. This policy report summarizes analysis from the "Quality Schools and Healthy Neighborhoods: Research Report" that describes the relationships between education, housing, and neighborhood development in the District, as well as provides policy recommendations for how to make the District of Columbia a more family-friendly city. This policy report draws on extensive quantitative analysis of student, school, and neighborhood-level data, focus groups with parents and high school dropouts, and meetings with city stakeholders and officials in both the education and housing sectors. Three key factors differentiate this study from past research. First, it looks at all public schools and public school students--District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) and public charters--as part of different education sectors, but one public education system. Second, the analysis was done using a common set of indicators, reported for all schools and students, that allows for rigorous comparisons across sectors and geography. Finally, this study assesses school conditions and results in the context of housing market and neighborhood trends to better understand the interplay between the two policy domains. A two volume companion study, with analysis, data tables, and detailed appendices on school supply, student enrollment patterns, and neighborhood characteristics, is being released concurrently with this policy report. (Contains 18 figures, 4 maps. and 25 endnotes.) [Funding for this research was provided by the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: 21st Century School Fund
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia