For this round of Education Lab IQ (Interesting Questions), we're investigating your questions about picking the best schools for your children in the midst of change or instability.

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School districts in the Puget Sound region are seeing all sorts of demographic shifts — the mix of families they ultimately serve is driven by thousands of individual decisions, or forces that necessitate major life changes, like a move from one district to another.

The following things are true:

For this round of Education Lab IQ (Interesting Questions), we’re investigating your questions about picking the best schools for your children in the midst of this period of change and, sometimes, instability. What questions do you ask when choosing a school? What’s important to you?

Education Lab is a Seattle Times project that spotlights promising approaches to persistent challenges in public education. It is produced in partnership with the Solutions Journalism Network and is funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and City University of Seattle.

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If you need some guidance with what types of questions to ask, here are some examples:

  • How does housing instability limit educational opportunities?
  • How does the quality of education affect families’ choice in location when moving?
  • Where are families going after they’ve been priced out of their homes?
  • Who is sending kids to private schools and why? What does that mean for public-school districts?
  • What steps can families take if they’re not happy with their child’s school?

Fill out the form below with your inquiry. If we select your response, we’ll report back with an answer.