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Encouraging Integrated Schools in the District of Columbia?

Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Friday, March 21, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (EDT)

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“Parents would express preferences among a cluster of schools, and an algorithm would make matches by balancing personal preferences with the shared civic goal of maximizing socioeconomic integration.”

That’s how controlled-choice zones would work in Washington, D.C., as suggested by Sam Chaltain, Richard Kahlenberg, and Michael Petrilli in a recent Washington Post op-ed. Why try such a policy in our nation’s capital? Many believe in the value of integrated schools and communities as tools for teaching tolerance, encouraging critical thinking, and strengthening our democracy. Some research shows that children of different socioeconomic backgrounds benefit from learning together.

But others argue that “controlled choice” isn’t all that different from the “forced busing” of yesteryear, in that it restricts families’ education options and imposes a top-down, government-run social-engineering scheme on school assignment policies. Some worry that it might also impede the economic revitalization of the city. 

Join the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and The Century Foundation for a lively debate on the merits and pitfalls of controlled choice.

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Thomas B Fordham Instituet
1016 16th Street, NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20036

Friday, March 21, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (EDT)


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