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Power is knowledge: New study finds that wealthy, educated families are using school ratings to self-segregate

Anuj Kumar

Every parent wants the best for their child, but some are willing to risk more than others to help their kids, especially when it comes to getting into good schools. While recent headlines have dominated about the risks parents of college students are willing to take, new research from Matherly Professor Dr. Anuj Kumar and Duke University’s Sarique Hasan shows that parents of K-12 students are using school ratings to self-segregate, deepening the divide between rich and poor areas, in their quest to get their children into the best school districts.

Read education news outlet The 74 Million’s deep dive into Kumar’s research and how the “ubiquity of school quality ratings may be changing the complexions of whole neighborhoods and cities.”