TABLE E-1 Case Study Districts

School District Number of Participating Schools Number of Students (in thousands) Students in Schools Without Boundaries (percentage of enrolled)*
Austin, Texas 114 83 3.0
Chatham, Georgia 46 35 5.4
Norfolk, Virginia 56 36 10.0
Omaha, Nebraska 86 47 4.6
Pajaro Valley, California 32 19 7.4

*Omaha and Chatham are also open enrollment districts. In open enrollment districts, many schools have geographic boundaries, but students are not required to attend neighborhood schools.
SOURCE: Prepared by the panel.

data, and their observations on how the school meals programs work in practice.

Charter/Magnet/Open Enrollment Boundary Issues

Austin has no charter schools and no magnet schools. The school district provided the panel with digitized boundaries for 106 schools, but the Census Bureau did not provide ACS data for 2 of these schools (Brooke Elementary and Ridgetop Elementary) because they did not pass disclosure review.1 Boundaries were provided for schools that were in operation during 2009-2010 (a year for which the panel did not collect detailed data from the district), including two schools that were new in 2009-2010— Gorzycki Middle School and Green Tech High School. ACS estimates were provided for these schools, but the panel is not sure to which schools in prior years the data apply. There are 18 schools with no boundaries. Of these, 8 are nontraditional schools that do not participate in the school meals programs. Of the remaining 10, 5 are alternative schools, and the others appear to be traditional schools: 1 middle, 2 high, and 2 elementary schools. The percentage of students attending participating schools that do not have boundaries is only 3 percent.

Chatham provided digitized boundaries for 45 schools. There are 4 schools with no boundaries, 3 of which are charters that do not participate in the school meals programs. One is a vocational school that does participate in the school meals programs and accounts for 5.4 percent of

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1 The panel did not receive an attendance boundary for the Read Pre-K Demonstration project; however, School Attendance Boundary Information System (SABINS) analysts determined that it does have boundaries. The attendance zone for Read includes the zones for Cook, McBee, and Wooldridge.



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