Where Schools Close in Chicago
Posted: 26 Apr 2014 Last revised: 30 Aug 2018
Date Written: April 24, 2014
It is often assumed that schools close, disproportionately, in disadvantaged parts of Chicago. The assumption, however, has yet to be substantiated by research. As a result, this article tests the assumption in order to explain where schools close in Chicago. It does so by introducing a new Chicago Public School (CPS) closings dataset. The dataset sheds some light on the phenomenon by identifying 130 schools that closed, twenty-seven ZIP codes that experienced CPS closings and three demographic characteristics of these ZIP codes. In the process, this dataset helps to explain how CPS closings relate to race, income and location.
Keywords: Chicago Public School District, Closings, Illinois
JEL Classification: I28
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