School privatization "boosts" real estate market

May not be good for (all) the kids, but home values apparently soar:

Once we realize that assigning children to schools results in concentrating poverty, we can begin to imagine the social benefits of systems that avoid assignments.

Research recently published in the Journal of Housing Research shows homes are worth more in the places that use this scholarship system instead of the more rigid assignment system. Homes are worth significantly more in tuitioning districts than in districts with weak assigned schools. The more school options that were available, the larger the price premium. Studies on similar systems in Paris, France, and San Antonio, Texas, find similar results.

I have developed a (maybe bad) habit of scrolling to the bottom of an Op-Ed to get an idea of who a writer is, and where that writer is coming from, before I digest the information being put forward. Usually it's pretty straightforward, but sometimes there's a weird confluence. In this case, it's an associate professor of finance and real estate talking about education. Like I said, weird. But this guy's approach to the subject is even weirder, talking about areas that don't even resemble North Carolina's school districts:

My research has focused on the impact of such systems. For example, much of Vermont operates under a 150-year-old model, known as “tuitioning.” Of the more than 200 school districts in Vermont, more than 90 function without an actual school in the district that we would think of as a traditional public school. In those districts, the town provides scholarships for children to attend whatever school parents choose, public or private. Students on the northern edge of Vermont have even used the scholarships in Canada.

Vermont is ranked 49th out of 50 in population, just over 625,000 people, with school-age children making up about 1/5 of that number. It's also the 2nd whitest state in the country, so any comparison to North Carolina should be taken with a grain of salt (and no pepper). As far as students using their vouchers to attend school in another country, I don't even know where to start.

But if you thought that was weird, take another look at his mini-bio:

Dr. Bartley R. Danielsen is an associate professor of finance and real estate at N.C. State University and president of Environmentalists for Effective Education.

Real estate, education, and now environmentalism? I'm surprised he's not also adopting babies from Sri Lanka. And to make matters worse, this little greenwashing attempt is a formal group under the banner of NC State:

Parent Organization: North Carolina State University

Too often, university colleges (and disciplines) operate separately, failing to recognize their interconnectedness, on campus and in the “real world.” This club will get students thinking about how each group, student concentration by student concentration, interacts within a larger ecosystem of ideas.

Within the club, offer support, tutoring, books, notes for classes that cross colleges.

Expose members to environmental, economic, and social benefits of school choice programs such as special education scholarships for children with disabilities, opportunity scholarships and charter schools.

In the Raleigh community, offer tutoring/mentoring/lunch buddies in charter schools with concentrations of low-income children based on interests. Perhaps the first years, have one-two days only each semester (pre-arranged) where club members go into an elementary, middle and high schools as volunteers.

As the state’s new Opportunity Scholarship program gains traction, identify ways to help the schools that help the low-income families who receive these scholarships.

Find innovative ways to help underfunded schools that are helping poor students – fundraising, tutoring, attending school performances as a club.

Ecosystem of ideas? What (the fuck) are you talking about? If you want to learn more than this word salad provides, which has a few environmental terms tossed in for good (bad) measure, you are shit out of luck. Here's a summary of the tabs you might click to discover more:

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Yeah, that's not really a club, it's a duet...



This sounds like ...

... "made to order" research, limiting the dataset to what would support the foregone conclusion, so it can be quoted later by advocates who neglect to mention that's it's sloppy research that only applies to a particular situation.

I wonder who is paying for it.

Good question

It wouldn't surprise me to find ALEC or some other industry whore behind it, but I've drawn a blank so far. I'll keep looking, this is just too weird to forget.

Seldom used

I decided to check into this briefly. Just a quick google had several links. One showed that only 4% of students are using this. It is only open for towns that do not have a school with classes at a particular grade level. Some towns tell you which school you will go to, some don't. So basically, it sounds like they just decided that it was cheaper to pay students to attend a school in a nearby town rather than building ad staffing a school or classroom that may hold just a few students. Another item I found out is that Vermont generally is among the top three to five in per pupil expenditures. Something that will surely frost some right wing butts. Anyway, it's not the huge, successful program it appears to be from the report, it's a money saver for small towns.