interesting odds and ends
- I thought this article on the growth in Fairfax school enrollment was interesting It says enrollment is up by 2,500, in part due to a shift of 1,000 students from Prince William county. Some hypothesize it’s due to Prince William’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants; others suggest it’s due to the high price of gas. It’s likely that both contribute, and may even affect the same families. I wonder what the typical shifts between the two counties are.
- Via Yglesias, I ran into this study arguing that redshirting of kindergarteners leads to reduced high school completion, since it means that kids have completed fewer years of school when they reach the age where they’re no longer required to attend school. This doesn’t make sense to me, as it’s overwhelmingly upper-middle-class families who hold their kids back a year, but lower-income kids who drop out as soon as they’re legally able to. Anyone want to take a crack at it?
- I love Alan Blinder’s idea of stimulating the economy by buying back polluting clunkers for more than book value. One of my pet bugaboos is that when people talk about "green jobs" they always focus on the sexy futuristic stuff like solar and wind power, when you could get a lot more bang for the buck subsidizing new boilers and more insulation in low-cost rental housing. (As long as renters pay for the utility bills, it almost never makes economic sense for landlords to make those investments on their own.)