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Tips for covering socio-economics

Once again I’m ready to start reporting on how the state ranks area school districts and buildings. I can almost pre-write most of the story based on what I’ve heard in past years. Though there’s always those damn white elephants in the room.

Basically what role socio-economics plays in this data and what role parents play.

Does anyone have tips on capturing the socio-economic side of the picture when covering education? I guess understandably so teachers and school officials don’t want to piss the parents off. However it’s always obvious when the more affluent areas are the ones doing better on these tests and the poorest area is the one not meeting any indicators that economics have something to do with it.

How do you get school officials to discuss this part of the equation?

This post originally appeared on EWA’s now-defunct online community, EdMedia Commons. Old content from EMC will appear in the Ed Beat archives.