Published Online: October 11, 2011
Published in Print: October 12, 2011, as Diversity

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"The Reciprocal Relationship Between Housing and School Integration"

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Students who attend schools that are racially and socioeconomically diverse have better academic outcomes than students who attend schools that are predominantly low-income and minority, and housing policy is one way to create such integrated schools, according to a research briefRequires Adobe Acrobat Reader from the National Coalition on School Diversity.

Roslyn Arlin Mickelson, a professor of sociology and public policy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, writes that schools cannot be integrated without taking housing policy into account.

“Attempting to create education policy for integrated schools without developing housing policies for integrated neighborhoods is akin to cleaning the air on one side of a screen door,” she wrote.

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