School Closings: What I Think

Keep an eye out for my oped on school closings, currently scheduled for this Sunday's Sun-Times "Controversy" section.  The piece focuses not only on whether school closings are a good thing or not but also on why community opposition is often so strong even when schools are objectively so unsuccessful:

"In these places, the definition of success for a school is whether the school is safe, welcoming to parents, and making a good-faith effort to get better. Test scores have little to do with it."

Thanks to everyone on both sides of the issue for helping me understand (to the extent that I do) the issues and dynamics involved. Apologies to all for my mistakes and misconceptions.

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