PUBLIC HOUSING AND PUBLIC SCHOOLS: ARE SUBSIDIZED RESIDENTS AT AN EDUCATIONAL DISADVANTAGE?

Joanne Moore

DANIEL ROSE

Spatial Justice Faculty Fellow

ABSTRACT

 

My research examines the relationship between the siting of federally subsidized housing and the quality of public schools closest to residents of those homes. Specifically, I ask whether residents of subsidized apartment communities and public housing developments in Forsyth County, North Carolina face disadvantages in the quality of their local public schools. Although, Forsyth County operates on a “school choice” model of enrollment that permits parents to select from a wider geographic zone, previous research has shown that low-income parents are often constrained in their ability to take advantage of options outside of their immediate neighborhoods. I hope to determine whether the type of housing and its location plays a role in the educational opportunities of low-income residents.