Community-Engaged School District Design: A Stream-Based Approach

33 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2023

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Aysu Ozel

Northwestern University - Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences

Karen Smilowitz

Northwestern University - Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences

Lila Goldstein

Chicago Public Schools

Date Written: June 23, 2023

Abstract

Comprehensive community engagement in public school district design is essential to create equitable and effective enrollment policies reflective of community needs and values. We revisit the school district design problem with a focus on co-designing with community partners. We introduce a new compact formulation that incorporates multiple decisions simultaneously by assigning students in each geographic unit to a set of schools (e.g., elementary, middle, high schools, and schools with specialized programming) with a single composite variable, referred to as a "stream." This formulation is computationally efficient and easily reconfigurable for evolving problem specifications that are endemic to community co-design. These features were essential in the district redesign process described in this paper, allowing the community to iteratively develop proposals to address inequities in access to education and improve the student assignment process.

Keywords: School redistricting, school district design, assignment, education

Suggested Citation

Ozel, Aysu and Smilowitz, Karen and Goldstein, Lila, Community-Engaged School District Design: A Stream-Based Approach (June 23, 2023). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4610313 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4610313

Aysu Ozel (Contact Author)

Northwestern University - Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences ( email )

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Room C210
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

Karen Smilowitz

Northwestern University - Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences ( email )

Evanston, IL 60208-3119
United States

Lila Goldstein

Chicago Public Schools ( email )

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