School Shutdowns Trigger Growing Backlash, Education Week
This article includes comments by CRPE affiliate Marguerite Roza on the impact of school closures on teachers and communities.
Excerpt from Jaclyn Zubrzycki's article in Education Week.
The impact of closures on teachers and communities was a concern in the much-publicized teachers' strike in the 404,000-student Chicago district last month. And there is a growing sense in the communities affected that previous rounds of closings—nearly 150 in New York City, which currently operates about 1,700 schools and more than 80 in the 600-school Chicago system, in the past decade—have not always led to the promised goals for disadvantaged students.
Even when closing schools is a financial or demographic necessity, "there are good and bad ways to do school closure," said Marguerite Roza, an associate professor of education finance policy at the University of Washington in Seattle. Done well, she said, closures can result in a more efficient use of resources, which benefits students in the long run...
The least controversial closings seem to take place in districts like Denver, which strove to have transparent and regular processes evaluating where schools should open and close so that closings were less political, said the University of Washington's Ms. Roza.