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.
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.
This infographic from the Advancement Project details how schools criminalize students and push them down the school-to-prison pipeline through the use of harsh, zero-tolerance discipline policies. The infographic was released ahead of the Advancement Project's national convening, "We Can Do Better: Collaborating to Reform School Discipline and Accountability." Download full infographic below.
Mass school closings have become a hallmark of today's dominant education policy agenda. But rather than helping students, these closures disrupt whole communities. And as U.S. Department of Education data suggests, the most recent rounds of mass closings in Chicago, New York City and Philadelphia disproportionately hurt Black and low-income students.
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