Closing schools in a time of enrollment decline

Enrollment declines nearing 10% in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and other metro area school districts this fall have revived the possibility of closing and consolidating schools. While some urban communities have a long history of doing so, in places like the Atlanta metro area and California’s San Fernando Valley, it was previously unimaginable.  The […]

School closures and parent engagement: Lessons from Aurora, Colorado

In 2013, Aurora, Colorado, was experiencing major demographic changes. A housing boom in this city east of Denver was bringing new families to parts of the city that were previously sparsely populated. However, enrollment was declining in the city’s lower-income areas, where many families of color lived. A new superintendent took office in 2013 and […]