NEPC Review: Integrating Housing and Education Solutions to Reduce Segregation and Drive School Equity (Urban Institute, August 2023) and When Good Parents Go to Jail: The Criminalization of Address Sharing in Public Education (Available to All, August 2023)
School attendance boundaries, like the district boundaries that encompass them, are politically and socially constructed, largely determined by state boards of education or local school boards. Two recent reports address issues associated with inequities that result from such tight coupling of housing and schooling. The first specifically focuses on inequitable school resources and educational outcomes tied to residential and school segregation. The second explores families’ use of an address other than their own to enroll a child in a more desirable school—a practice known as address sharing, punishable by law in many locales. Neither report is sufficiently nuanced to directly shape policy, although both can do much to inform it.