What Online Forum Discussions Say About Segregation in DC Public Schools

How does an online community, dominated by privileged parents, discuss their local school system? In a new report titled “We All Want the Best for Our Kids: Discussing DC Public School Options in an Online Forum,” Brookings researchers examined thousands of forum posts. DC Urban Moms School Discussion to find out what they were talking about and how their conversations reflect the ongoing racial segregation in public schools across the nation’s capital. The report is co-authored by Vanessa Williamson, Jackson Gode and Hao Sun. Williamson, senior researcher in governance studies at Brookings, joins the cafeteria to discuss the report.

See also Washington Post editorial by Vanessa Williamson and Jackson Gode.

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