To learn about improving urban public schools, we should study Chicago. Yes, Chicago.

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PAUL DUNBAR HIGH SCHOOL at 30th and King Drive.

By Valerie Strauss, washingtonpost.com

It was five years ago that Chicago officials closed some 50 public schools in a move that drew widespread protests from the community. Now there are plans to close four more schools in a high-crime area and build a new $85 million high school.

Officials say the plan — which includes allowing private charter operators to open publicly funded schools on two of the shuttered sites — will reverse a trend of under-enrollment and help neighborhood students. Community members say that is not so, and the kids who will wind up getting hurt are mostly black students from low-income families who will be sent to other schools. Meanwhile, they say, the new high school will primarily benefit white students.

Read more at https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2018/02/09/to-learn-about-improving-urban-public-schools-we-should-study-chicago-yes-chicago/?utm_term=.71e756b6e153

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