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

Suggested Citation

Johnson, Randall K., Where Schools Close in Chicago (April 24, 2014). 7 Alb. Gov't L. Rev. 508 (2014), Mississippi College School of Law Research Paper No. 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2428839

Randall K. Johnson (Contact Author)

Mississippi College - School of Law ( email )

151 East Griffith Street
Jackson, MS 39201
United States

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