Academics and Attendance on the Rise After School Closures

An article published in Education Week discusses the outcome of Chicago school closures in 2013. Most students, at least two thirds, are attending better performing schools now. Studies show parents did not necessarily choose schools based on academic ratings. Factors like location, after-care and extracurricular activities were important to parents as well. Parents were also interested in schools in which their kids would get on on one attention with educators. Students in the new schools are doing better academically, attendance rates are higher and misconduct has decreased. A shift in school structure modeled after the needs of the community it serves is among the reforms in a changing education landscape that better engages and educates students.

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