In the past year Newark has seen many changes in the education of our children. Last week we saw the false hope of a system that will deliver the same results that we see in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Washington, D.C. We can not allow the failed corporate interventions to disrupt our community and destroy our neighborhood. All children deserve an excellent education by proven strategies.
Here's what we do know:
SCHOOL CLOSINGS ADVERSELY AFFECT OUR MOST VULNERABLE YOUNG PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES School closings are discriminatory. * In Chicago, data from 2011 shows that 88% of students affected by CPS school closings are black; 94% are low-income and 10% are homeless. In CPS as a whole, 43% of students are African American, 86% are low income and 4% are homeless. * In Philadelphia, 78 % of students impacted by closures are black, compared to the district's 54% African American student population. * In New York City, students with disabilities were 1.59 times as common in high schools on the closure list as the citywide average. In elementary & middle schools targeted for closure, the percentage of Black students (63.2%) was 2.26 times the citywide average of 28%. * Among 2,642 students who were displaced by DC's 2013 school closings, only 2 were White. 93% of the students were Black, and 6% were Latino. 96% were low income. This compares to the DCPS total enrollment, in which 72% are Black, 14% are Latino, and 77% are low income. Closing schools does not save money. * A 2011 report from the Pew Charitable Trusts examined the costs of school closures in Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and Washington, DC and found that no school district experienced a windfall of cost savings and that the districts are now spending millions each year to maintain at least 200 shuttered school properties. Closing schools does not improve student academic performance. * A report by the Consortium on Chicago School Research found that most students lost academic ground the year their school was slated for closure. Only 6% of students transferred to schools with dramatically better academic outcomes. Is it really about under-utilization? * In Chicago, the district has designated any public school classroom with fewer than 30-36 students as "underutilized," while the average class size throughout the state of Illinois is 20-21 students. The educational advantages of small class sizes are well documented, and both private and charter schools cap enrollment to obtain class sizes well under 30-36. Closing schools = Turnaround (Renew), Co-location, Phase-Out, Consolidate * Journey for Justice : " A National Alliance " The Facts 2013
The Journey for Justice Alliance is sponsored the Grassroots Voices Listening Projects around the United States, in order to "document the harm" inflicted on students, parents, teachers and communities by failed, corporate interventions. The information from the listening projects and release a report to the United States Supreme Court, Washington, D.C. on May 13, 2014.
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