Originally Posted by bucksfan2
The City has poorer schools and higher taxes than most of the burbs. When my wife and I were looking for a house we chose our area because of the nice school district as well as no local income tax. Living in the city would force me to pay an extra 2% in income tax that living outside of it. As talked about in a different thread if I could get my kids into the German Language School and then Walnut Hills I would be fine with CPS schools, but outside of that the CPS schools are a disappointment.
isn't Clark a good school? It is at least revolutionary, I know that. I think it may have been the first montessori high school in the country.
As a basis for comparison, Pittsburgh has really attacked its school system's problems head on for the past decade, and the schools have improved dramatically. They implemented accelerated learning programs for poorer-performing schools (extending their school year, even) and instituted nationally-recognized teacher development programs, among other initiatives. It has coincided, not coincidentally, with an explosion of business in the city, including the aforementioned Google coup. But then, our taxes are quite high. Three percent city income tax, two percent of which is for schools. And property taxes are high, not to mention recently decentralized, so they are messy to boot.