Urban Schools

Blog post
February 7, 2017, 5am PST
School vouchers might expand educational choice and thus make city life more appealing to middle-class families—but the most appealing versions of a voucher system are also the most costly.
Michael Lewyn
Blog post
September 29, 2014, 8am PDT
Kansas City is losing families to suburbia because of its allegedly subpar schools. How can families be lured back to city schools?.
Michael Lewyn
Blog post
January 24, 2014, 1pm PST
As the north side of Chicago has gentrified, many Chicago schools' test scores have improved- evidence that if a city neighborhood attracts enough affluent families, its schools will become more attractive as well.
Michael Lewyn
February 12, 2013, 11am PST
Although young adults and baby boomers are flocking back to America's cities, declines in K-12 enrollment are causing many cities to close their schools. A new report looks at the commons challenges in finding new uses for these buildings.
Education Week
September 24, 2010, 11am PDT
Neal Pierce argues that retiring Mayor Daley's achievements in Chicago "stand out as beacons for mayors, American and worldwide, to emulate." He attributes some of his success to sheer political skill, but also examines seven effective policy shifts.
March 9, 2010, 2pm PST
Harvard economics professor Edward L. Glaeser argues that the United States has a long, pervasive pattern of anti-urban behavior that needs to change.
The Boston Globe
February 22, 2010, 10am PST
Efforts to desegregate schools in the 1970s weakened neighborhood ties. Now, a return to school assignments based on where children live could make communities stronger.
December 3, 2009, 9am PST
A new affordable housing development going up in Portland's dense Pearl District will include a public school on the ground floor.
Daily Journal of Commerce Oregon
Blog post
June 24, 2008, 7am PDT

Yesterday’s Washington Post contained a list of elite public schools- schools where the average student SAT is over 1300. Since suburban schools generally have better reputations than urban schools, one might expect that all the schools on the list would be in prestigious suburban school districts. But in fact, this is not the case. Three New York City schools (Stuyvestant, Hunter College, Bronx High) and one school near downtown Richmond (Maggie Walker) are on the high-SAT list- despite the fact that the New York City and Richmond school districts, like nearly all urban school districts, have mediocre reputations.

Michael Lewyn