Behind the Headline: Sometimes the School Down the Block Makes You Nervous

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Sometimes the School Down the Block Makes You Nervous
8/24/14 | Washington Post

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All Together Now
Winter 2011 |Education Next

It’s the first day of school in many locales, and many parents are taking their child to the neighborhood school for the first time.

But what to do if the neighborhood school in the community you love makes you nervous — maybe because it is overcrowded or has low test scores or has a lot of students who do not speak English or a lot of students from low-income families?  College educated parents in these neighborhoods often choose to send their children to private school or move to the suburbs.  In a piece for the Washington Post, Jay Mathews advises those parents on how to evaluate schools that might make them nervous at first but could turn out to be good fit for their children.

In an article for Education Next, Mike Petrilli writes about visiting his neighborhood school to see how the school was handling the diverse mix of kids enrolled there.  In “All Together Now,” he looks at how one school is managing diversity.

In “Diverse Charter Schools,” Alexander Russo writes about some charter schools whose explicit mission is to educate a diverse student body.

-Education Next

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