Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago will go down in American history as the mayor who closed 50 public schools one day.
It was a brutal act. It showed his contempt for public education. While he closed public schools, he continued to open privately managed charter schools. Perhaps he hopes one day he hopes a charter school will be named for him, as one is named for billionaire Governor Bruce Rainer and billionaire Penny Pritzker.
But what about the children? Reformers like Emanuel think that closing schools is great for students. He thinks they thrive on disruption. They don’t.
A new study concludes that the children whose schools were closed suffered academic losses. Duh.
Here is the report in The Chicago Reporter.
Mike Klonsky writes about the report and the school closing disaster here.
The study concludes:
“Closing schools — even poorly performing ones — does not improve…
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