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Making the Grade: The Economic Evolution of American School Districts

William A. Fischel


A significant factor for many people deciding where to live is the quality of the local school district, with superior schools creating a price premium for housing. The result is a “race to the top,” as all school districts attempt to improve their performance in order to attract homebuyers. Given the importance of school districts to the daily lives of children and families, it is surprising that their evolution has not received much attention. This book argues that the historical development of school districts reflects Americans' desire to make their communities attractive to outsiders. The ... More

Keywords: local school district, housing, education, students, teachers, parents, local voters, governance, finance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226251301
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226251318.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William A. Fischel, author