Across the state of Pennsylvania as public funding for education has decreased along with urban populations, district administrators and board members have had to find new methods to balance their budgets and avoid financial ruin. While these administrators argue with parents, teachers, and students over what can be done to improve public education, it seems districts around the country are turning to school closings with the hopes of improving their financial picture at least.

 “I will absorb the political consequence so our children have a better future,” Emanuel said in a recent interview defending the closings. “If I was to shrink from something the city has discussed for over a decade about what it needed to do because it was politically too tough, but then watch another generation of children drop out or fail in their reading and math, I don’t want to hold this job.”

What do you think? Is the mass closing of schools in urban districts racist? Is it a fiscally responsible move? Should there be more funding for public education? Why are student populations shrinking in urban districts?

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