Study Investigates Factors Behind Chicago School Closure Decisions

Lawndale News highlights a recent report from Rachel Weber, UIC professor of urban planning and policy, that examines factors behind decisions to close Chicago schools. The full report is available here.

Building utilization and student performance were predictors of Chicago Public Schools closures, but so was the race of students in each school, according to a new article published in the journal Urban Affairs Reviews. Led by Rachel Weber, professor of urban planning and policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the researchers examined school closure decisions in Chicago from 2003 to 2013 under former Mayor Richard M. Daley and current Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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