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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Excerpt from the piece by Kyle Stokes originally broadcast on Southern California Public Radio (89.3 KPCC):

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Parents in Los Angeles face an often-overwhelming array of choices for where to educate their children in a taxpayer-funded setting — from a charter school to an open-enrollment seat in a district-run school across town.

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To hedge their bets, most parents apply to multiple schools. A survey from the Center for Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) found 62 percent of parents in eight choice-rich cities considered at least two school options for their kids; more than two-thirds considered at least three options.

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Navigating the process of choosing a school is all about weighing the trade-offs between school options, said Ashley Jochim, the research analyst behind that CRPE parent survey. Think of it as "like buying a house."

"No school is going to offer everything that a family wants, so you're going to have to optimize," Jochim said.

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"Lower-income families are much less likely to have a high-quality school nearby," Jochim said. "So when you think about the trade-offs families make, lower-income families have harder trade-offs."

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Read and listen to the full piece.

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