Closing Schools is Not the Solution

Authorities in districts across the country are finding it easier to close struggling schools than to work toward finding solutions to keep them open. While closing failing schools may solve budget issues, it leaves students as the victims of poor decision-making and outside interests. Across the country, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and similar groups are standing up against taking the easy way out, addressing the fact that school closures have a negative impact on children and their communities.

Randi Weingarten, the president of the AFT, says that “Instead of stabilizing neighborhoods, instead of fixing schools, instead of doing what parents want, schools are closed, people are fired, and what replaces them in the main is no better than what’s come before.”

At AFSA, we know that abruptly closing schools not only disrupts education for students, it is simply unjust. We stand with AFT in the fight for providing struggling schools the resources that they need to succeed.

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