Research shows giving families more school options has the potential to combat urban sprawl and pollution.
So, we're doing something about it.


Our Mission

Our mission is two-fold. We support research on environmental and economic effects of school district lines and spatial sorting, and we also educate citizens on the results of that research. Many families who currently move to the suburbs when their children reach school-age would remain in more diverse and convenient city environments if they had more educational options. By sharing information about spatial sorting, we impact our neighborhoods, cities, and the planet. We accomplish this work through engagement with different media outlets, with college students, and with policy-makers. We also facilitate discussion and questions through our online venues (blog and social media).


  1. Urban sprawl has negative effects:
  2. A primary driver of sprawl is dysfunctional schools that force middle-income families out of cities
  3. Charter schools, magnet schools, private school scholarships, and other school choice programs have shown promise in overcoming the current dysfunctional assigned-school model
  4. Public education delivery should be reformed so that all socioeconomic groups have choices that do not require moving out of the city
  5. For jobs, economic development, the environment, some school choice is good and more school choice is better.

Research will eventually show the least costly and most significant policy change that cities and states can enact to improve the environment is to promote abundant school choice.
— Dr. Bartley Danielsen

Photography provided by Ajari from Japan CC 2.0