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Petition to the President to Stop School Closings

Petition to the President to Stop School Closings

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WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO

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Stop education policies that promote massive closing of traditional public schools while expanding charter schools.
Mass school closings have proven to be disruptive to lowincome minority communities, and the negative impact could outweigh the benefits. Students who transfer as a result of school closings could initially lose up to 6 months in academic achievement. Under-performing neighborhood schools are typically replaced by charter schools that perform no better. It takes at least 5 years for new schools to fully develop. In some districts nearly 40% of charters have experienced serious cash flow problems, and a significant number are having difficulty complying with state-mandated pension funding requirements. Across the nation, it is expected that 15% of charter schools will fail. Low-income minority students, who are already struggling, cannot afford such instability.

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