by Lance Izumi, Alicia Chang
Pacific Research Institute
May 15, 2014
Parents know how important good schools are when deciding where to live. That’s why many are willing to stretch their budgets for a home near a “good” school. But parents should not be convinced by tree-line neighborhoods and pricey homes – the neighborhood schools may not be as good as they think, according to the findings in the new study, “Not as Good as You Think: Why Middle-Class Parents in Illinois Should Be Concerned about Their Local Public Schools”, published by the Pacific Research Institute. Illinois parents may be alarmed to discover that in a significant number of public schools located in middle class and affluent areas throughout the state – more than half of the students are not proficient in English or math in at least one grade level. Further, hundreds of public schools in middle class and affluent areas have at least one grade level where student proficiency is lower than the average performance of schools with similar income demographics.

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