A new Brookings report confirms the obvious: the best schools are often in wealthy towns that have restrictive zoning rules that block creation of more inexpensive housing. High-achieving schools often are surrounded by expensive housing. The Hartford suburbs are one of the best examples of this in the country, according to the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program researchers.
Is housing the problem more than what actually happens in the school building? What about the families that live there — is it merely a housing issue or are there other socioeconomic factors that affect school performance? Should education reform really be about housing reform?
One thing is clear, students who attend schools in better neighborhoods do better.