© 2021 KALW
KALW Public Media / 91.7 FM Bay Area
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
KALW News
Crosscurrents is our award-winning radio news magazine, broadcasting Mondays through Thursdays at 5 p.m. on 91.7 FM. We make joyful, informative stories that engage people across the economic, social, and cultural divides in our community. Listen to full episodes at kalw.org/crosscurrents

New study says Black neighborhoods most affected by school closures

Parker Elementary Oakland
Clotee Pridgen Allochuku
/
CC BY 2.0.
Parker Elementary School

In February, the Oakland School Board voted to close or merge 11 schools across the district over the next two years. Oakland is the latest in a growing number of cities across the country approving mass school closures in recent years.

So, what happens to a city and its communities when its schools shut down?

In a new study from Stanford University's Center for Education Policy Analysis, census information and school closure data showed that school closures lead to increased gentrification, and that gentrification increases the most in predominantly Black neighborhoods.

In this interview we hear from Francis A. Pearman, the lead author of the study, "School Closures and the Gentrification of the Black Metropolis."

Johanna Miyaki produced this interview.