Houston Independent School District

The Houston Independent School District, the largest school district in the state, “prides itself on its many and varied school choice options for students,” according to its site. In addition to a student’s so-called neighborhood school, or zoned school, the district has magnet programs, charter schools and other options that allow a student to attend a non-zoned school.

In this study from the Houston Education Research Consortium, researchers found that, in HISD, current English language learners were significantly less likely than their peers to attend non-zoned schools. The pattern did not hold, however, for former English language learners who were just as likely to attend non-zoned schools as students who had never been classified as English language learners.

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