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Half Of Maricopa County Students Are Not Attending Neighborhood School

School choice has been a hot topic in Arizona over the past several months, as critics of a plan to expand the state’s school voucher program collected enough signatures to refer the new law to the ballot.

A lawsuit challenging that effort is pending. But, new research shows a lot of Arizona families are making choices when it comes to their kids’ education that have nothing to do with vouchers.

The research comes from a PhD student at Yale and the Center for Student Achievement.

It finds that nearly half of Maricopa County students are not going to their assigned neighborhood school.

Ildi Laczko-Kerr is the chief academic officer for the Arizona Charter Schools Association and operates the Center for Student Achievement.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.