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“Voting With Their Feet”

An organization that analyzes real estate trends, Trulia, took a look at real estate and education. It compared the ratio of 5- to 9-year-olds to the number of preschool kids to come up with its numbers to see whether parents deliberately moved into higher-ranked school districts (judged by Great School ratings).

According to chief economist Jed Kolko:

  • Parents “vote with their feet” and move to school districts with better Great School ratings that are more affordable and have lower density. 
  • Despite that, the districts are affordable. However, that means they’re far from jobs and parents must commute long distances. 

Here are a couple of links. Trulia ranked the top 10, but has a full national database ranked by parents moving in and out. 

The Wall Street Journal wrote an article about it.

What questions do you have, based on this?


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