PCAPS in the News: School Closures as a Civil Rights Struggle

Photo: Harvey Finkle

Students and activists joined a rally at School District headquarters on the announcement of the school closings plan in December.

by Ron Whitehorne

Ron Whitehorne is a retired teacher and a member of the PCAPS steering committee

Across the country and here in Philadelphia, schools are being closed, schools that are in disproportion concentrated in poor communities of color and which serve urban students with the greatest needs.

Chicago is the most dramatic example. African American students make up 42 percent of the school population but nearly all of the enrollment at schools that are being closed or phased out.

In Philadelphia, both last year’s school closings and the current planned closures reflect this pattern. While 55 percent of the overall student population is  African American, 79 percent of the students in schools projected to close are African American.

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