Updated: June 28, 2013 6:26AM
Having taught for 35 years for the Chicago Public Schools and now retired, I can testify that community schools are the hub of life for the majority of young people in depressed neighborhoods. In most cases, if a student experienced something positive outside the home, it was through the efforts of his neighborhood school.
To yank out the school from the equation of children’s everyday lives would be a point of insecurity, stress and disorientation for them. To bus them into unknown neighborhoods can subject them to dangerous gangs and violence can ensue.
People value their children and their destiny, and closing schools where they are desperately needed is a waste and an insult to the communities involved. It’s a sign of the failure of the school system to do anything constructive about it.
Marie E. Roman