Improving Diversity and Equity in School Choice

Itai Ashlagi
People in Project

Itai Ashlagi (Graduate School of Education)
Irene Lo (Department of Management Science and Engineering)

Project Description:

In December 2018, the Board of Education of San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) passed a resolution for developing a student assignment system for elementary schools, which seeks to improve diversity, transparency, and equal access to quality schools. This follows an increasing trend towards segregation in the last two decades despite the diversity in the district. This project will help SFUSD in designing a new assignment system to achieve these goals. This proposal will build tools from AI optimization and Economics to design mechanisms, priorities and zones that increase diversity by accounting for understudied choice behaviors.