by Andy Smarick, Education Next
Might there be compelling civic or social reasons for keeping open persistently failing or unsafe inner-city schools?
We know there are reasons to close them. First, school turnarounds seldom work (contra the recent statement from AFT president Randi Weingarten), and closures stop us from continuing to send kids to chronically underperforming schools. (The stickiness of failure is even true in the charter sector.)