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Starting with the 2010-11 school year, some neighborhood schools were turned over to charter operators. The Notebook wanted to know how the changes affected catchment areas and feeder patterns. Nse developed maps to evaluate how catchment areas for schools have changed as a result of the Renaissance Schools Initiative.
It was the hope of The Notebook that these maps over time would likely illustrate how the catchment areas and feeder patterns in different neighborhoods are being consolidated for different charter providers, e.g. “the balkanization of the School District.”
The students for the Summer 2019 Azavea Summer of Maps have been announced. Their fellowship will begin shortly.