Reporter Jaisal Noor has created a gripping radio documentary about the fight to save neighborhood schools.

He lets the “reformers” have their say. They want to close down the so-called failing schools and replace them with new schools that won’t be failing schools, at least not for a few years. Then they too can be closed and another new school can be opened.

The closing schools serve minority students. They are overcrowded and underresourced. They must be closed. So say the officials.

Jaisal Noor listens to students, teachers, and parents. What a novel idea.

The officials don’t hear students, teachers, or parents. They know what’s best for everyone. And what’s best is to close their school.