What We’re Watching: How Far Do Students Travel to Get to School?

Researchers from the Urban Institute have released a study looking at how long it takes students to travel from home to school in five different cities where families have “a significant amount of educational choice”:  Denver, Detroit, New Orleans, New York City, and Washington, DC. The researchers have included interactive graphics that show how far students travel, in part to help policymakers understand the challenges some families face in exercising choice.

In an accompanying article focusing on Washington, D.C., the researchers look at the tradeoffs faced by some families whose kids are given a chance to attend higher-performing schools on the other side of town. The cool infographic at the top of this page shows where all of the sixth graders living in one part of D.C. go to school and how far they have to travel to reach their schools.

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