WEDNESDAY, FEB 15, 2012

Social Explorer in the NY Times on Affluent Foreign-Born Parents Opting for New York City Public Schools


In New York City, a large number of first generation children from wealthy families are going to public schools, even though their parents could afford private school.  In the New York Times article "Affluent, Born Abroad and Choosing New York’s Public Schools," Kirk Semple examines the trend in school choice among foreign-born parents.  The article features census data and analysis from Social Explorer's Andrew Beveridge and Susan Weber-Stoger. In New York, the affluent typically send their children to private schools. But not the foreign-born affluent. In a divergence, a large majority of wealthy foreign-born New Yorkers are sending their children to public schools, according to an analysis of census data. There are roughly 15,500 households in the city with school-age children where the total income is at least $150,000 and both parents were born abroad. Of those, about 10,500, or 68 percent, use only the public schools, the data show. That is nearly double the rate of American-born parents in the city in the same income bracket. In the United States over all, there is almost no difference between the two groups, apparently because wealthy people outside of urban areas are much more likely to show allegiance to the public schools. Nationally, 73 percent of native-born couples and 76 percent of foreign-born couples send their children only to public school, according to the data, which was analyzed by Andrew A. Beveridge and Susan Weber-Stoger, demographers at Queens College. The article goes on to detail the motivations behind this trend in school choices, such as seeking ethnic and economic diversity, living in neighborhoods with better public schools and avoiding private school tuition. Click here to read the whole story.
by Sydney Beveridge
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