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ERIC Number: EJ1161398
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0042-0972
Communities and School Ratings: Examining Geography of Opportunity in an Urban School District Located in a Resource-Rich City
Green, Terrance L.; Sánchez, Joanna; Germain, Emily
Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, v49 n5 p777-804 Dec 2017
Research on geography of opportunity documents how residential patterns influence students' access to equitable educational opportunities and resources. This scholarship often highlights how geography reinforces educational inequity in urban school districts located in resource-constrained cities. Yet, less research has explored how the geography of educational opportunity and resources plays out in school districts located in fast-growing and opportunity-rich cities. As such, this descriptive analysis uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to map the spatial distribution of high schools considered high-quality according to their state accountability rating by race and socioeconomic status in an urban school district located in an opportunity-rich city in the Northeastern U.S. We also examine how district transfer and selective enrollment policies as well as distances to other public and charter high schools rated high-quality influence the geography of educational opportunity. Our findings suggest that spatial arrangements and district policies impact patterns of unequal educational opportunity and resources across the district for children of color who live in low-income communities, despite being located in an opportunity-rich city. This study concludes with implications for policy and future research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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