An Exploration of School Preferences Expressed by Boston Parents

June 27, 2013
Edward L. Glaeser (Harvard University), Steve Poftak (Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston) and Kristina Tobio (Taubman Center for State and Local Government)

This working paper analyzes data provided by the Boston Public Schools and the Massachusetts School Building Authority to determine what factors are most closely correlated with popular schools in Boston’s public school lottery. "What Do Parents Want" also provides detailed information on how neighborhood, racial composition, and socio-economic conditions impact school preferences.

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Research Excerpt

BPS faces the challenging task of implementing the new assignment process, addressing school quality, and adding addional capacity, this report provides a useful framework for addressing these challenges and understanding what parents want.

Steve Poftak, one of the study authors