City/School District Solicits Family Housing Study
Mindful of a looming family housing crisis brought on by the passage of last November's Measure J school bond, the city and the school district has commissioned a housing study by the University of California Goldman School for Public Policy to address the extreme lack of family housing in Emeryville. The study, a first of its kind for Emeryville, will focus on how the city's housing policy effects student academic performance and will expand the city council's options in addressing the dire shortage of family friendly housing.
A policy memorandum will be produced as a result of the study and will be completed by May.
Emeryville schools have been plagued by high 'mobility' rates among the out-of-district transfer students. Mobility refers to transience of parents moving their residences and repeatedly enrolling their children in different school districts. Students that live within Emeryville are thought to have a lower rate of mobility than their classmates from outside the district. The district has an unusually high ratio of students from out of the district.
Classically, high mobility rates negatively effect student academic performance.
If the study makes these findings, the city's lack of decent family housing will be shown to be a contributing factor to the low academic achievement of the district as a whole and will tend to bolster the arguments of those who have been calling for more family housing.
The Goldman School for Public Policy is an internationally recognized graduate program that endeavours to empower decision makers with better policy tools and to encourage more transparency in public policy formulation. The $7,500 commissioned study is part of a Memorandum Of Understanding between the city and the school district.