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March 20, 2019
Colorado school district mergers could happen without voters’ OK
Colorado’s 178 school districts include some with fewer than 50 students, some that don’t serve all grades, and some that have struggled academically…
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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 29, 2019
Can a new high school heal years of school closings in Englewood?
On a bitterly cold winter afternoon, snow swirls around a fenced-off construction site covering a full city block in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. Mounds…
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 17, 2018
City University Boys charter school appeals to Tennessee board to stay open
A small middle school for boys has appealed the decision of Shelby County Schools not to renew its 10-year charter. City University Schools filed…
December 11, 2018
Plan for Memphis schools would fold 28 old schools into 10 new ones
If implemented, the plan could take up to 10 years, impact some 15,000 students, and could cost the district at least $700 million in building costs.
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.
November 5, 2018
New $85 million Englewood high school to focus on science and technology, careers
Chicago Public Schools announced Monday that it will open a “state-of-the-art” high school focusing on career-preparation and math, science and engineering education in…
Updated October 26, 2018
Chicago’s public school system is still shrinking, new data shows
After 15 years of consecutive drops, the number of students enrolled in Chicago’s public schools fell again this year.
October 16, 2018
Closure is still an option, but a new approach will let struggling Denver schools make their case
The changes mean the board will have more options and more discretion.
October 15, 2018
Chicago sets community meetings on controversial school inventory report
Chicago Public Schools is hosting a dozen workshops for community members focused on a controversial…
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September 21, 2018
5 tough questions a new report puts front-and-center for Chicago’s next mayor
Faced with an alarming report that lays bare shrinking enrollment and racial inequity, Chicago Public Schools must wrestle with some tough decisions.
August 17, 2018
Secret CPS report spotlights big vacancies, lopsided options for students
An unreleased report by a school choice group backed by the business community paints in stark detail what many Chicagoans have known…
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