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February 5, 2019
17 studies that tell us something about how school closures affect students
The list includes studies that look at school closures in Chicago, New York, Ohio, Newark, Michigan, Milwaukee, Washington D.C., and more.
February 5, 2019
Five things we’ve learned from a decade of research on school closures
The academic impact of closures on students in those schools varies substantially. Nationwide, closures appear to slightly lower test scores.
January 29, 2019
Memphis school leaders take first step toward rezoning 19 schools and consolidating Hamilton schools into K-8
In the first of two required votes, the school board directed district staff on Tuesday to hold community meetings to gather input on parts of a massive facilities plan.
January 15, 2019
What happens to student achievement when Memphis schools close? A district report offers some answers.
Student reading test scores from three closed schools in Memphis generally improved in their new school, but math scores decreased, according to the report.
December 14, 2018
New York City will close another round of schools in de Blasio’s Renewal turnaround program
The education department is planning to close fewer than last year, the largest single round of Renewal closures to date, when seven schools were ultimately shuttered.
December 10, 2018
Hopson will leave a blueprint to consolidate more schools. Here’s what you need to know.
If trends hold true for Hopson’s final recommendations, four schools would be at the top of the list for consolidation.
December 5, 2018
17 struggling New York City schools improved enough to avoid extra state oversight. But they aren’t out of the woods yet
The schools showed enough evidence of progress to no longer require additional state oversight — or face the possibility of outside takeover or closure.
December 4, 2018
Memphis board votes to close City University Boys Preparatory charter school
After 10 years, City University Boys Preparatory will close at the end of the academic year. Shelby County Schools recommended closure of the middle…
December 3, 2018
Chicago’s popular National Teachers Academy fends off closure
Judge allows lawsuit to block the closure of popular National Teachers Academy to proceed. Chicago Public Schools wants to build a high school on the elementary campus.
September 6, 2018
Rodent infestation forces Memphis school building to close for the semester
Dozens of rats at Kirby High School in Memphis will keep the building closed the rest of the semester, district officials announced at a faculty…
April 24, 2018
Board approves merging two Whitehaven schools into K-8 amidst parent division
Manor Lake Elementary School will close and students will be assigned to Geeter Middle School, which is about a half-mile away.
March 9, 2018
It’s not enough just to stay open, say Memphis parents of their struggling elementary school
Parents are glad Shelby County Schools rejected a state recommendation to close Hawkins Mill Elementary, but still have questions.
January 8, 2018
Weigh in on the city’s plans to merge, close, or shrink 19 schools at these public meetings
City officials plan on holding at least two public meetings at each school.
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December 19, 2017
Plans to shutter schools will force more than 400 New York City teachers to search for new jobs
What’s next for those teachers depends on the city’s plans for their schools -- and whether principals want to hire them.
December 13, 2017
As New York City prepares to close more struggling ‘Renewal’ schools, here’s what we know about ones they’ve shuttered before
While all the closed schools had very low graduation rates and test scores, so do other Renewal schools that were spared.
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