A United Front
Educators, parents, students and the community are coming together to fight school closings and the disinvestment in public education.
When schools are closed, the ramifications run deep. Students are disconnected from the productive, caring relationships they had with teachers and other school staff. Kids accustomed to walking to a nearby school are forced to travel many blocks—often through dangerous areas—to get to school. And neighborhoods often lose an institution that had served as an important and reliable community hub.
Is it any wonder that school closings usually spark outrage and distrust on the part of parents, students, educators and the community?
In March, the Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission voted to shutter 26 schools and, that same month, the Chicago Public Schools announced it was closing more than 50 schools. Both decisions led to massive communitywide protests. The crisis in Philadelphia was prompted by a recommendation from the Boston Consulting Group to close 64 neighborhood schools, almost one-third of the city’s schools. BCG is notorious for its privatization schemes.
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