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Legacy Enrollments Offered In Two Top L.A.-Area School Districts

Publication Date: 
May 16, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Seema Mehta

Professor William Koski is quoted in a Los Angeles Times article about two prestigious Southern California school districts that give enrollment preference to children of alumni:

The Beverly Hills Unified School District and the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District have adopted legacy admissions policies for children of former students who live outside their enrollment boundaries. The policies appear to be the first in the nation at public schools, education experts said.


Bill Koski, a Stanford University law professor who specializes in education policy, said the preferences could widen the gap between affluent and poor districts. "The adequacy of education funding in California is problematic when even our wealthiest school districts feel they must resort to this type of thing," Koski said.