Elizabeth Weise

What can parents and communities do to create socioeconomically integrated schools?

Alaska school works to lure middle class families back

An example of how not having socioeconomically mixed schools is problematic:


“education researchers agree that a stubborn achievement gap between affluent and poor children exists and appears to be deepening…. “It leaves us with a higher percentage of needy kids, which perpetuates low test scores, because our kids have greater needs than the average school,” Webb said. “We’re not dealing with a balanced demographic in terms of what our neighborhood really looks like.”

Charter, alternative programs drain neighborhood schools of middle-class students

mtheriault@adn.comMay 17, 2014

The last time Airport Heights Elementary principal Michael Webb checked, about 100 of the children who live within walking distance of his school had chosen to go elsewhere.

The elementary school — squat, welcoming and built in the 1950s — is Title I, a designation given to the schools with the neediest students that brings with it extra services and federal money aimed at closing the achievement gap between rich and poor kids.

But Airport Heights is not a poor neighborhood.

It’s a grid of desirable ranch houses with tended gardens and the occasional fluttering strand of prayer flags. It’s the kind of place that attracts young families with sidewalks and ball fields, where residents organized a “protest party” against the planned destruction of a popular ski trail. Where the disappearance of some backyard chickens was big news.

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Written by Elizabeth Weise

May 31, 2014 at 1:06 am

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