Seems to me, programs that encourage parents to send their kids to schools outside of their immediate neighborhood is a bad idea in a number of ways:
- Gives parents no incentive to improve their schools or neighborhoods.
- Makes bad schools worse by reducing their resources.
- Redirects education dollars into fuel tanks to bus kids further away and back.
- Increases the strain and demand on “good” schools, making them less good.
My kid isn’t school age yet, the schools in my neighborhood are pretty good.
There’s a parallel in here with immigration. Until Mexico is a place worth staying at, borders will continue to be jumped. This only helps the bus drivers.