School Closures

Death by a Thousand Cuts: Racism, School Closures, and Public School Sabotage

A new report from the Journey for Justice Alliance details how pervasive underfunding of public schools and policies like mass school closures and charter expansion are harming students in low-income communities of color – and what we can do instead to support all students.

Earlier this month at a rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court honoring the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the Journey for Justice Alliance released a report documenting how Brown's promise of equal opportunity is under attack in our nation's public schools.

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You Can't Improve a Closed School: Infographic Series on Mass School Closures

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2014-02-26
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graphs-visuals
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equitable-instructional-materials

In May 2013, the Schott Foundation's OTL Campaign launched a series of infographics exposing the harmful effects of mass school closures, including the disparate impact they have on underserved students, the common myths used to justify closures, the cycle of disinvestment that mass school closures contribute to, and finally, the positive alternatives that can actually improve education systems. These graphics help advocates in identifying the problem, analyzing the causes, and proposing solutions.

In May 2013, the Schott Foundation's OTL Campaign launched a series of infographics exposing the harmful effects of mass school closures, including the disparate impact they have on underserved students, the common myths used to justify closures, the cycle of disinvestment that mass school closures contribute to, and finally, the positive alternatives that can actually improve education systems. These graphics help advocates in identifying the problem, analyzing the causes, and proposing solutions.

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Like Our Infographics? Watch Journey for Justice in Action

Parents, students and teachers across the country are fighting for equitable school resources, community solutions and an end to mass school closures. If you like our infographics on school closures, don't miss this video from our grassroots ally Journey for Justice.

Parents, students and teachers across the country are fighting for equitable school resources, community solutions and an end to mass school closures. If you've been following our series of infographics on school closures, you know that closures disproportionately affect students of color and students from low-income families.

New Infographic: Alternatives to School Closures

You can't improve a school by closing it. Here's what you can do instead. This is the final part of the OTL Campaign's infographic series on the issue of mass school closures.

Public schools are the heart of every community, a place where the next generation of doctors, engineers, writers and artists learn and grow. They are where parents, teachers and community members come together to support their children and invest in their futures.

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Philly Students Lead Citywide Assembly on Education

On February 1, the Philadelphia Student Union and Youth United for Change led a citywide assembly to talk about education in Philadelphia and what students can do to protect and fight for their public schools.

On February 1, youth leaders with the Philadelphia Student Union (PSU) and Youth United for Change led a citywide assembly to talk about education in Philadelphia and what students can do to protect and fight for their public schools. 

New Infographic: The Cycle of School Closures

School closures are both a symptom and a cause of perpetuated inequality, and they leave students of color and those in low-income families without access to the educational resources they deserve. Here is how the Cycle of School Closures works.

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.

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MSNBC Highlights OTL Infographic and Philly Organizers

In a recent segment, MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin referred to an OTL Campaign infographic showing the disparate impact of school closures on students of color and students from low-income families. He also highlighted the work of organizers in Philly fighting for their public schools.

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Mass School Closures Are "Shock Doctrine" for Education

Mass school closures are the "shock doctrine" of the education world. But parents, students, teachers and communities are fighting back to ensure their public schools receive the investments and supports they need to succeed.

When 9-year-old Asean Johnson gave his now-famous, fiery speech last spring at a rally to protest the mass closure of 49 Chicago public schools, he drew enough national attention that his school, at least, was spared.

Students Give Powerful Testimony at Chicago Board of Education Meeting

Student organizers defending their public schools have become a regular (and inspiring) fixture at Chicago Board of Education meetings lately. At this week's meeting, 20 students took the podium to give powerful testimony about the disastrous impact that school closures, underfunding and high-stakes testing have had on their education. Above all, they are demanding a voice in the decisions affecting them.

Safe to say, student organizers defending their public schools have become a regular (and inspiring) fixture at Chicago Board of Education meetings lately. We posted a video a couple weeks ago of members of Chicago Studetns Organizing to Save Our Schools (CSOSOS) speaking up during a meeting last month and being escorted out by security.

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