What are parents looking for when choosing a school? A new study out of New Orleans shows that academics aren’t everything when it comes to school choice. Parents may be looking for more. A study from Education Research Alliance for New Orleans shows that many parents, particularly those of poverty, are looking for schools that offer extracurricular activities and extended day programs. Another number one criteria above academics is proximity to the family home. In an era where only test scores have mattered, it seems as if parents haven’t found academics to be the number one deciding factor when choosing a school. For more information on this topic, follow the link http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2015/01/15/376966406/a-new-study-reveals-much-about-how-parents-really-choose-schools .