Housing Costs, Zoning, and Access to High-Scoring Schools

Study Links Zoning to Education Disparities



A new report from the Brookings Institution links zoning to education disparities. Using test scores from schools in the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the country, senior research analyst Jonathan Rothwell found that housing costs an average of 2.4 times more—close to $11,000 more per year—near a high-scoring public school than near a low-scoring one. Housing prices can be a barometer of zoning practices because near high-scoring schools, the homes are typically larger and fewer and more expensive than in the areas surrounding low-scoring schools. Find out more about this research
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