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New study says Black neighborhoods most affected by school closures

Parker Elementary School
Clotee Pridgen Allochuku
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Parker Elementary School

In February, the Oakland School Board voted to closeor 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.

KALW News Crosscurrents
Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.