Schools across the country are closing, namely traditional public schools, you know that place you walk to or take the bus to every day when you were a kid. And the reasons why are complicated, first, people are on the move, the economy is changing, so when people leave a town or a neighborhood and there aren’t enough kids in a town, it’s hard to keep a school open. But there’s another big reason, when No Child Left Behind was passed in the early 2000s, it embraced this idea of school choice. Kids are now able to leave failing public schools to go to charter schools or use vouchers to pay for private schools. A decade later, closing the underperforming schools that remained became a priority for the Obama administration. So now if the school sucks, just close it. Send the kids to some other school. But here’s the thing though, these school closing are disproportionately affecting poor black kids. What’s that like, if it’s your school?There’s just so much that’s flat-out wrong about that intro that we need to break down the errors point by point:
Tracy Dell’Angela is a writer, education nonprofit executive director and a mom passionate about education improvements. Previously, Tracy was Director of Outreach and Communications for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. She came to IES from the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, which produces research that drives improvement in Chicago and nationwide. She also served as Senior Project Director for 100Kin10 at the University of Chicago and was Director of Program Investments and Partnerships for the Chicago Public Education Fund. Tracy spent most of her career as an award-winning newspaper journalist, including 12 years at the Chicago Tribune as an education reporter covering national policy and the Chicago Public Schools. A Californian by birth but a Chicagoan in spirit, Tracy attended University of Chicago as a master's student in social sciences and earned a B.A. in journalism and political science from San Diego State University.
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