Horns Down for April 23: diversity in austin schools to decrease


Children have been shown to benefit from attending schools where the student population includes a mix of students from high- and low-income households, but recent enrollment projections have shown that the percentage of low-income students in Austin’s public schools is set to rise, decreasing the economic diversity of Austin’s school system, according to an article published in the Austin American-Statesman on Saturday. Low-income families have fewer options when it comes to school choice, and so it’s crucial that Austin’s public schools provide rigorous learning environments to children from all economic backgrounds. Thoughtful public policy may be able to curb the increasing economic segregation of Austin’s school system, so city leaders should take note and start planning to address the problem sooner rather than later.