Buffalo public schools moved from having defined neighborhood attendance zones roughly one decade ago. However, many public schools still reserve ⅓ of their seats for students inside their defined “district”. Unfortunately, this information is not readily available to residents living in Buffalo.
Our group set out to find out the question that how the district of three high-ranking schools in Buffalo looks like and study the potential driving factor of the reason behind, as well as to evaluate the possibility whether any inequality plays a role in the determination of these school districts.
Geocoding with QGIS
Create a polygon based on point data
Incorporate census data into mapping
Map 6.1 Acceptance Zone Boundary of PS 64 Frederick Olmsted Law School
Map 6.2 Acceptance Zone Boundary of PS 67 Discovery School
Map 6.3 Acceptance Zone Boundary of PS 80 Highgate Heights School
From the maps above, in general, we did not observed any significant difference within or outside the school district that we deliniated. However, if we look at a PS 64 Olmsted as a specific example, then we can observe that the area within the school district has a higher median house income and higher percent of white people residing in that area than the area outside of the school district we deliniated.
Future work to be done includes incorporating the median household income data and percentage of white population data and perfome a regression analysis to discuss the potential relationship between demographics and whether or not it has any significant effect in how the boundary was drawn.
Directed by Prof. Monica Stephens.