Mass school closures have become a popular, "quick fix" for policymakers trying to address struggling schools and budget crises – despite the lack of evidence that closures save money or even improve opportunities for students. Instead, school closures are both a symptom and a cause of perpetuated inequality, and they leave students of color and students from low-income families without access to the educational resources they deserve. To break the Cycle of School Closures we must end the underfunding of our schools and invest in proven alternatives that help every student and every school succeed.
Want to take action? Here's what to do:
- Read up on the alternatives. You can't improve schools by closing them – here is what we should be doing instead to support and turn around struggling schools.
- Find out if there's a local organizing group in your community fighting school closures. Contact the Journey for Justice coalition and Alliance for Educational Justice.
- Share this infographic on Facebook and Twitter. And view and share our previous infographics, "Debunking the Myths of School Closures" and "The Color of School Closures."