School Closures

Debunking the Myths of School Closures

Education officials use a variety of justifications to defend the closures, citing everything from budget concerns to promises of better opportunities for students. But as this new infographic from the OTL Campaign illustrates, these justifications don’t hold up to scrutiny. Here's what the evidence from past and current school closures says.

In cities across the country, education officials are closing public schools en masse, impacting thousands of students, disproportionately those from communities of color or low-income families. Officials use a variety of justifications to defend the closures, citing everything from budget concerns to promises of better opportunities for students. But as this new infographic from the OTL Campaign illustrates, these justifications don’t hold up to scrutiny.

What Chicago Should Have Done Instead of Closing 50 Schools

Chicago education officials voted on May 22nd to close 50 public schools, the largest instance of mass school closures in the country and one that disproportionately affects students of color and low-income students. If the protests in the months leading up to the vote and the actions since then are anything to go by, partents, students, teachers and whole communities have a different opinion about how to fix their schools – by investing in them rather than closing them.

Chicago education officials voted on May 22nd to close 50 public schools, the largest instance of mass school closures in the country and one that disproportionately affects students of color and low-income students.

Chicago Officials Vote Today on Fate of 54 Schools

Chicago education officials will vote today on the fate of 54 public schools slated for closure. The vote comes after several weeks of inspiring actions including city-wide student walkouts, teacher-led marches, and even the filing of federal lawsuits.

Chicago education officials will vote today on the fate of 54 public schools slated for closure. The vote comes after several weeks of inspiring actions, including city-wide student walkouts, teacher-led marches, and even the filing of federal lawsuits. 

Philly Students Stage City-Wide Walkout

Thousands of students in Philadelphia are staging a massive, city-wide walkout today to protest the under-resourcing of their schools and school closures. A number of OTL allies are participating in the event, including the Philadelphia Student Union and Youth United for Change, two of the largest student organizing groups in the city. Follow #walkout215 on Twitter for for live updates!

Thousands of students in Philadelphia are staging a massive, city-wide walkout today to protest the under-resourcing of their schools and school closures. A number of OTL allies are participating in the event, including the Philadelphia Student Union and Youth United for Change, two of the largest student organizing groups in the city.

Closures in New Orleans Hurting Low-Income Students and English Language Learners

Ten New Orleans schools in the Recovery School District are slated to be closed or replaced by charter schools in the coming year. Here's an update from the Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association (an OTL ally) about which students these closures are hurting.

Speaking of school closures, here's an update on the effects of closures on students, parents and communities in New Orleans from the Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association (VAYLA), an OTL ally. 

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