May 13, 2013
D.C. public schools chancellor Kaya Henderson plans to close 15 public schools. She says these schools do not enroll enough students, so they cost too much.
Cost too much? Only because these 15 schools are in poor and working class neighborhoods where Black and Hispanic people live. Of 2,600 students affected, more than 96% are low-income.
In most cases, the schools to receive the students have larger class sizes than the schools to close – but 140 staff positions will be eliminated. Some of the receiving schools perform no better than the closing schools. Some of the receiving schools lack a library, gym, auditorium, science lab, or media center. DCPS would not do this in the wealthier areas of the city!
This plan is a plan to jam poor students into already overcrowded classes, leaving children in the wealthier parts of town alone. It shows that DCPS officials don’t want to educate working class children – they just want to stash them in warehouses!