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Small Number of Schools Enrolls Large Share of Public Housing Residents, Report Says

A small portion of schools serves an outsize share of students who live in public housing, according to a new report that shows how school zones can fuel disparities.

At 123 elementary and middle schools, or about 9 percent of schools, students who live in subsidized housing make up more than a third of the enrollment, according to a report released Friday by the city’s Independent Budget Office. By contrast, at over 700 other schools, such students account for less than 5 percent of the population.