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How Long Does It Take New Orleans Students to Get to School?

Jane Lincove, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Date & Time
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
12:00–1:00 pm
Conference Room 760
1555 Poydras, Suite 700
New Orleans LA 70112 Map and directions

Research Team: Jon Valant, ​Brookings Institution​School choice reforms aim to pro­vide fam­i­lies with expand­ed oppor­tu­ni­ties and influ­ence in pub­lic edu­ca­tion. How­ev­er, stu­dents may not be able to choose cer­tain schools if they can­not rea­son­ably get there in the morn­ing and back home in the after­noon. Unsafe, unaf­ford­able, or long com­mutes can pre­vent schools from being tru­ly avail­able to fam­i­lies. This makes trans­porta­tion a vital part of how well school choice works. In this brown bag, we present ini­tial results of a study that exam­ines school bus routes in New Orleans. Specif­i­cal­ly, we address the ques­tions: How much time do stu­dents spend on school bus­es? How ear­ly do stu­dents have to get to bus stops in the morn­ing? How do tran­sit times vary for stu­dents trav­el­ing via school bus, car, and pub­lic tran­sit (city bus­es and street cars)? Note: This study was done in part­ner­ship with the Urban Institute.

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