Sending your kid to public school in San Francisco isn’t a simple process. A kindergartener here could be assigned to any of the 72 elementary schools in the entire city. Parents do get to list their most-wanted schools, but there’s no guarantee where their kid will end up. It could be a 45 minute drive across town, or at a low performing school. It’s this uncertainty that drives parents crazy.

This week listener Carolyn Pan asked Bay Curious how the lottery system works, why the city does it this way, and if it’s helping to make city schools more diverse. Listen to the episode above for the story.

How the San Francisco School Lottery Works, and How It Doesn’t 10 January,2018Katrina Schwartz


Katrina Schwartz

Katrina Schwartz is a journalist based in San Francisco. She’s worked at KPCC public radio in LA and has reported on air and online for KQED since 2010. She’s a staff writer for KQED’s education blog MindShift.

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