Thursday, July 6, 2017

Contrary views of education collide in Chicago (By Wendy Lecker) - Wait What?

Contrary views of education collide in Chicago (By Wendy Lecker) - Wait What?:

Contrary views of education collide in Chicago 
By Wendy Lecker



Writing in the Stamford Advocate, education advocate and commentator Wendy Lecker writes, Chicago is this nation’s third largest city, and among its most segregated. Recently, several unrelated reports were released about education policy in Chicago that, together, provide a vivid picture of the divergent views policymakers of have of public education; depending on who is served.
As reported by researchers at Roosevelt University, between 2009-2015, Chicago permanently closed 125 neighborhood schools, ostensibly because of low enrollment or poor performance.
The standard Chicago used for low enrollment was 30 students to one elementary classroom — an excessively large class size, especially for disadvantaged children.
The school closures occurred disproportionately in neighborhoods serving African-American, Latino and economically disadvantaged students. Professors Jin Lee and Christopher Lubienski found that Chicago’s school closures had a markedly negative effect on accessibility to educational opportunities for these vulnerable populations. Students had to travel longer distances to new schools; often through more dangerous areas.
School closures harm entire communities. As Georgia State Law Professor Courtney Anderson found, where neighborhood schools were a Contrary views of education collide in Chicago (By Wendy Lecker) - Wait What?:

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