A novel approach to school funding inequality:
Rather than bringing the money to the poor, why not allow low-income families to move to wealthy school districts? . . .
Rothwell’s reasoning works like this: children in low-income households could have more educational options (and thus higher average achievement) if their parents could afford to move to high-quality school districts; expensive homes prevent low-income families from moving to high-quality school districts; restrictive zoning laws in turn prevent developers from building less expensive, high-density housing in these same districts. Remove or loosen the zoning restrictions, and watch educational inequality slowly melt away, at least for those who seek out better opportunities.
Then again, bringing high-performing charter schools to poor neighborhoods would allow families to stay in place and still seek “better opportunities”.