Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Budget, Quality, Population Issues Lead Cities to Close Schools: Is Yours Next?

Kansas City, Mo., to Cut Nearly Half of Its Public Schools, Officials Cite Drop in Enrollment, Funding

The statement below is one of the dumbest things I have read in a while. Leave it to an economist to treat people like objects and neglect psychological factors associated with being an outsider in a foreign neighborhood and the inevitable dramatic increase in class size, both of which profoundly diminish the quality of education for all concerned.

Edward L. Glaeser, an economist at Harvard University, wrote in the New York Times Tuesday. "If a district closes particularly poorly performing schools, children may end up getting a better education as a result, albeit at the cost of a longer bus trip."
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