From Detroit to Chicago, Philadelphia to New Orleans, school closures are the reform du jour. Whether the crisis is the onslaught of market-based reforms like in New Orleans and Philadelphia, or unprecedented budget cuts, also in Philly—school districts have been turning to mass closures in recent years. The reforms destabilize neighborhoods and remove crucial community supports for the most vulnerable kids, advocates say. And it’s as yet unclear whether mass school closures and the charter system produce the kinds of educational dividends they promise.
Check out the Schott Foundation’s Opportunity to Learn campaign infographic in full on the OTL site. (PDF)