Pew Study: School Closings Bring Pain, But Not Much Money

Publication: The Notebook

Author: Benjamin Herold

10/26/2011 - Widespread school closings often fail to generate expected savings or meaningful student achievement gains, but can contribute to significant community upheaval and neighborhood blight.

Those findings are part of a new study of closings in six major cities released Wednesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Philadelphia Research Initiative.

“This is not a panacea to cure all the ills of a school district,” said Larry Eichel, the project director of PRI. “Based on what we’ve seen in other cities, I think it’s hard to say that school closings have transformed school districts.”


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