Hundreds of schools have closed in urban neighborhoods in recent years, mostly in low-income, minority neighborhoods. Would-be education reformers like Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York City have argued that closure is the only way to turn around some persistently failing schools. Critics have argued that closing a school is a drastic step with collateral damage that education reformers haven’t considered. Are the pros worth the cons of closing a struggling school?
Hechinger’s Sarah Garland appeared on NBC to talk about the issue:
It’s not the first time school districts have closed hundreds of schools in minority neighborhoods. The same thing happened during the desegregation of the nation’s schools nearly half a century ago. And back then, communities also protested.