This story is representative of a bunch of recent stories and also of a cultural meme that there are “good schools” and it’s expensive to live around them:
From the article:
“Not surprisingly, Rothwell also finds that middle- and high-income students are far more likely to attend good schools than low-income students are.”
There’s a reason for that… it’s not that there are “good schools” and then rich people come live around them and bid up the price of housing. It’s that wherever well-educated people live they’re going to setup good schools. They’re going to make sure the buildings are in good repair, there is money for sports and arts, the kids have iPads, and being products of higher education and realizing how important this has become for a middle class life they will make sure their kids do homework and hire tutors if necessary. In short, they will demand excellence from their schools and in most cases will get it. And this in turn will draw the better teachers. It’s a virtuous cycle.
Parents play a bigger role in the whole education discussion than what we’ve thought. “Good schools” means there’s a community of parents who care about the quality of schools, not that out of nowhere this great group of teachers sprung up and the surrounding community just got lucky.