A common case to move out of older urban areas is the quality of schools. While I think that it is more a perception issue and not a quality of education issue, there appears to be serious case of swimming against the current.
There are many older urban neighborhoods that are now historic districts but are plagued with low/moderate income persons that have a low educational level. However the physical infrastructure of these homes is phenomenal, they are often a mixed use pedestrian friendly neighborhood, and have all the amenities and qualities that a family will look for in a place to locate... with one exception. The school districts are often perceived as having poor educational quality.
What urban redevelopment, planning, or zoning techniques do you know of that can improve the quality of schools or at least the quality of the perception of schools in older urban areas? Is it something that is out of our hands?