Re: [carfree_cities] Do public schools cause sprawl ??
> So here's the very un-PC question: Does the current public schoolTo a degree you are correct.
> system create sprawl?
In cities with poor school districts, the flight to the burbs is huge. This
is an interesting question that might exceed the talk of this list's focus
however. It opens a very holistic approach and a very long conversation.
The trend is for heavy engageent of Mayors in cities in school districts.
That has not been the case.
So, the public schools don't cuase the sprawl, IMHO. However, poor
performing schools and educational settings in urban areas (a legacy of
being older neighborhoods) helps to drive sprawl.
> And conversely, will true school choice helpPerhaps.
> the cities, and create more compact urban geographies?
We could write volumes on this thread. And, what works in some cities might
not in others -- and we may not really get to the carfree part. So, without
a green-light to talk in depth and lenth, I'll opt to listen and delay my
reply out of repect for the list's charter.
- The primary feature of the current public school system is that a
family's residential location determines what schools their children
attend. Parents will do a lot of things to expand their choice in
schools. Those with a lot of money simply pay twice, to send their
children to private schools. Some register their children at a chosen
public school using the address of a nearby relative. Many simply
move to a preferred school district, when their children reach school
age. Even if the parents prefer to live in town, moving to the
suburbs becomes the economic and practical way to get their children
into a better school. Any real estate agent will tell the importance
of school district in determining real estate demand and values.
Class flight to the suburbs and exurbs then grows on itself. The
better school districts in the suburbs have more money because they
attract higher-income residents, who bid up the real estate, creating
a higher tax base. They also have more highly educated residents, who
want the benefits of good schools, and whose involvement helps
improve the schools.
So here's the very un-PC question: Does the current public school
system create sprawl? And conversely, will true school choice help
the cities, and create more compact urban geographies?