Parents pay a premium to live in a “nice” neighborhood, assuming the public schools will be good. But hundreds of California schools in middle-class and affluent neighborhoods are Not As Good As You Think, concludes a new book by the Pacific Research Institute.
In nearly 300 schools with few low-income students, a majority of students in at least one grade level performed below proficiency on California’s state exam in 2006.
In Orange County, California â€” where home prices range from $600,000 to $1 million â€” in more than a dozen schools located in areas such as Newport Beach, Capistrano, and Huntington Beach, 50% to 80% of students failed to test proficient in math at their grade level.
In the Grossmont area of San Diegoâ€”where the median price of a home is approximately $500,000â€”in seven high schools, 50% to 70% of students failed to test proficient in English at their grade level.
In the New York Sun, co-author Vicki E. Murray says middle-class parents need school choice, including vouchers and charter school options.
The book includes the Upscale Home Guide: Buyer Beware listing California neighborhoods with high housing prices and mediocre schools.
You can Order here from the Pacific Research Foundation.