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School Closings

The Attack On Public Education Is A Civil Rights Issue

Leigh Owens | Posted 04.01.2013 | Black Voices
Leigh Owens

The popular explanation for this assault on public education is that the schools chosen for closure are 'unsuccessful,' or are undeserving the students -- a claim that is mostly based on standardized test scores.

Joravsky on Rahm: "And He Wonders Why No One Trusts Him"

Barbara Popovic | Posted 02.25.2013 | Chicago
Barbara Popovic

Does Mayor Emanuel already know what schools he wants to close in March? The Reader's Ben Joravsky thinks he does. And WBEZ's Achy Obejas thinks that there's not going to be much movement on gun regulation.

School Demolition In Tiny Ohio Town Brings Out A Piece Of History

Posted 02.05.2013 | Education

Wayne School in the tiny town of Jacksonburg, Ohio, is being torn down following an extensive history. Its demolition has turned into a reunion of...

New Jersey Teachers Provide Support For Young Storm Victims

Posted 11.13.2012 | Education

Hurricane Sandy devastated communities along the east coast and kept New Jersey and New York students out of school for a week or more. Families went ...

A Happy Ending For School Hit Hard By Superstorm

| Sarah Garland | Posted 01.06.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. It was chaotic and cold at many schools in the region hit hard by Super...

Pennsylvania Schools Shut By Storm Returning To Normalcy

The Morning Call | Steve Esack | Posted 01.06.2013 | Education

Aliya Johnson loves her school. She told her mom that on Monday morning when she saw Lincoln Elementary for the first time in over a week. Lest her ...

LOOK: Sandy's 'Catastrophic, Pure Devastation' To Schools

Posted 11.01.2012 | Education

Schools in New York City and neighboring districts are closed for the rest of the week as city officials work to get things back to normal after Hurri...

New York Schools Closed For Remainder Of Week After Superstorm

Posted 12.31.2012 | Education

New York City schools will remain closed through the remainder of the week in the days following the passage of Superstorm Sandy through the country's...

Thousands Of Schools Closed For Second Day For Superstorm

Posted 10.30.2012 | Education

Thousands of schools along the Eastern Seaboard are closed Tuesday as Superstorm Sandy recedes, marking the second day that millions of students are w...

Hurricane Sandy Causes School Closings Along East Coast

Posted 10.29.2012 | Education

Thousands of schools along the Eastern Seaboard are closed Monday as Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall, attacking the coast with forceful w...

Good Organizing Was Key to CTU Victories

Barbara Popovic | Posted 11.22.2012 | Chicago
Barbara Popovic

If you were following the CTU strike, you might have been dismayed by the union's failure to suspend the strike last Sunday night. We have an inside perspective from UIC Professor Steven Ashby, who helped organize the contract campaign.

123 Struggling New York City Schools Identified For Closure

Posted 08.31.2012 | Education

The New York state Department of Education has identified 123 city schools that must dramatically improve by 2015 or risk being closed, GothamSchools ...

64 Schools To Close Amid Impending Dissolution Of Philadelphia District

| Dale Mezzacappa | Posted 04.25.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of the Philadelphia Public School Notebook. District staff and consultants are recommending a sweeping overhaul of ...

What Do Teachers Need? R-E-S-P-E-C-T!

Tom Allon | Posted 06.16.2012 | Education
Tom Allon

How did we get to a place in this country where our teaching force of more than three million professionals is being made the scapegoat for all the ills of an educational system that has been in decline for more than five decades?

Flier Of Superintendent In KKK Robe Sparks Outcry Amid School Closure Debate

Posted 04.07.2012 | Education

From a contentious school redistricting debate among Atlanta Public Schools has emerged an even more controversial flier that depicts APS Superintende...

Fighting 30+ DCPS Closures (And Walmart) In Chocolate City to Empower DC

Head-Roc | Posted 05.09.2012 | DC

It's excruciatingly hard for me to believe that I live in the nation's capitol where over 30 DC public schools, serving mostly Black and Brown American communities, are being recommended for closure.

Grading Schools, Failing Schools

Tim King | Posted 05.06.2012 | Education
Tim King

Closing schools is a decision with far-reaching consequences that shouldn't be undertaken for the credibility of any particular movement, but only as a final measure in support of undeserved students.

The Questions Parents Have for Officials Who Propose Closing Schools

Jean Johnson | Posted 02.25.2012 | Education
Jean Johnson

Officials need to think carefully about what closing a school means to parents and local residents.

Prisons Go Up... Schools Close Down

Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston | Posted 02.01.2012 | Chicago
Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston

In the last 10 years, the Chicago Public School district has closed nearly 50 schools. Last week thousands of Chicago families were stunned to learn that more closings and 'turnaround' treatments are in store.

Teachers and the Two Faces of Protest in Oakland

Louis Freedberg | Posted 01.03.2012 | San Francisco
Louis Freedberg

As the Occupy Wall Street movement tries to define its agenda, it is likely that shrinking school budgets will figure more and more prominently on it.

Trick Or Treat? Thousands Of Students Have One Of Earliest Snow Days In Memory

AP | BOB SALSBERG | Posted 12.31.2011 | Green

WAYLAND, Mass. — Hundreds of thousands of people across the Northeast shivered at the prospect of days without heat or lights after a freak Octo...

Irene Delays Opening Of Schools Across East Coast

AP | DENISE LAVOIE | Posted 10.31.2011 | Green

WHITMAN, Mass. — Parents may be ready to send their kids back to school, but some schools aren't ready to take them back. Power failures, flood...

Plan To Close 7 Pittsburgh Schools Draws Negative Feedback

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | Jodi Weigand | Posted 10.24.2011 | Education

The Pittsburgh Public Schools board on Monday held the first of at least seven public hearings on the administration's plan to close seven schools. ...

Saki Knafo

Catholic Schools Closing In Northeast | Saki Knafo | Posted 09.28.2011 | Home

This story was reported in collaboration with our partners at When Anna Marie Osso tells people about Our Lady of Victory Academy in Ne...

Given The Chance, Few Failing And Low-Performing Schools Shut Down

AP | By CHRISTINE ARMARIO and TERENCE CHEA | Posted 09.13.2011 | Education

SAN FRANCISCO -- Over the last decade, San Francisco's Willie Brown Jr. College Preparatory Academy has seen enrollment plummet and student performanc...