The Gerrymandering of School Attendance Zones and the Segregation of Public Schools

  title={The Gerrymandering of School Attendance Zones and the Segregation of Public Schools},
  author={Meredith P. Richards},
  journal={American Educational Research Journal},
  pages={1119 - 1157}
  • M. P. Richards
  • Published 1 December 2014
  • Sociology
  • American Educational Research Journal
In this study, I employ geospatial techniques to assess the impact of school attendance zone “gerrymandering” on the racial/ethnic segregation of schools, using a large national sample of 15,290 attendance zones in 663 districts. I estimate the effect of gerrymandering on school diversity and school district segregation by comparing the racial/ethnic characteristics of existing attendance zones to those of counterfactual zones expected in the absence of gerrymandering. Results indicate that the… 

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