CHICAGO (CBS) — A study by Chicago area university professors has found, if history is any guide, the Chicago Public Schools’ plan to close 53 schools will fail when all is said and done.
The professors are part of the research group Chicagoland Researchers and Advocates for Transformative Education (CReATE). Several of them looked at other school closing studies from Chicago and around the country.
What they found, according to Roosevelt University Sociology Associate Professor Stephanie Farmer, was that most students from 44 closed schools over 10 years in Chicago did not wind up in better academic situations.
“It’s just not the students from closed schools whose academic performance may suffer, but also the kids from the receiving school, partly due to – in part – the increase in the classroom sizes,” she said.