Special Series: School Flight (Daily Pilot)
This three-part series examined the choices parents make about schools in Costa Mesa, Calif., a community whose ethnic and socioeconomic identity has shifted dramatically in recent years.
Many parents take their kids out of local public campuses and enroll in nearby districts or private schools.
Their flight illustrates a larger trend in suburbs across the country. As immigrants continue to move into historically white communities, the established families are choosing to leave their neighborhood campuses.
Over the course of a year, Mike interviewed dozens of parents, and many teachers, children, education experts and administrators. They offered their perspectives and solutions to what many viewed as a serious problem.
School Flight Part 1: Why Mesa Verde families transfer out
School Flight Part 2: Not everyone chooses to leave neighborhood schools
School Flight Part 3: Families return to neighborhood schools