Social Capital, Race, and Magnet School Attendance

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This report looks at the interaction between race, social capital and magnet school attendance.

School choice promises equal access to all but in practice, that's not always the case. Using combined student-level data from the Houston Independent School District and neighborhood-level data from the United States Census Bureau’s Zip Business Patterns, this study examines how neighborhood-level social capital and race/ethnicity impact the exercise of intra-district magnet school choice, finding that families living in low social capital neighborhoods and racial and ethnic minorities had a higher likelihood of attending an out-of-zone magnet school. 

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