National Version of Chicago Housing Initiative Shows Limited Results

Where you live is more important than what school you go to, say some of my deseg/housing-ista friends like Adam Gross at BPI.  He says it just to annoy me, though it may be true. 

However, a nationwide version of Chicago's 1970's-era Gatreaux initiative doesn't seem to have had the same strong results as the original effort, according to an Education Week article published today:  Housing Experiment for Poor Found to Lack School Payoff

Why the dissappointing results?   In part it's because the Gatreux families moved farther away from city housing projects, weren't concentrated in any particular area, and were self-selected participants in a 1976 court order as opposed to being randomly selected. The national version also included families from other cities, not just Chicago.

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