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ERIC Number: ED543514
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 23
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 45
Does Closing Schools Cause Educational Harm? A Review of the Research. Information Brief
Sunderman, Gail L.; Payne, Alexander
Mid-Atlantic Equity Center
The aim of this paper is to review the relevant research on the educational impact of school closures on student learning, provide information on criteria frequently used when closing a school, examine the characteristics of what constitutes a "better school" (i.e., receiving school), and identify strategies that can be used to help students and their parents during the transition to a new school. Closing schools is a politically difficult decision for any district. It has implications for students and families who must be transferred to a new school. It may involve terminating employment contracts with a school's current employees. There may be legal and/or collective bargaining issues to resolve, and it is likely to be a time consuming, challenging, and complicated process (Steiner, 2009). And unless the new options are better than the current school, closing a school for performance reasons is ineffective (Steiner, 2009). (Contains 1 footnote.)
Mid-Atlantic Equity Center. George Washington University Center for Equity and Excellence in Education 1555 Wilson Boulevard Suite 515, Arlington, VA 22209. Tel: 800.925.3223; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mid-Atlantic Equity Center
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001