Professor’s Op-Ed Discusses Effects of School Choice Policies



October 21, 2019 | Academics, In the Media, Research, Urban Studies

Associate Professor of Urban Studies Molly Makris co-authored an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer. “The Segregating Effects of School Choice Policies” discusses the pitfalls and promises of school choice policies, and proposes proactive integration measures as a way to reduce opportunity gaps. The article cites Professor Makris’ research that found “that in a gentrified community, families from lower socioeconomic backgrounds did not fully utilize school choice options, such as applying to charter schools popular with middle-class residents. Families from lower socioeconomic backgrounds were unaware of all of the options or did not know that they were tuition-free or accessible to all.”